I met Gerhard Richter and Alighiero Boetti when I was a teenager, and I was really inspired by them. When Boetti died, I realized I only vaguely remembered so many things he told me. It was such a pity. Had I only recorded his voice, he would still be with me, and I could listen to it from time to time. - Hans-Ulrich Obrist 

Alighiero Boetti was an Italian Conceptual artist and member of the Arte Povera movement, a group born in the 1960s with a socially committed and openly critical attitude towards the consumer society. Boetti's works thus participated in a renewal of artistic language, favouring the creative process over the finished object and the conceptual meaning of the work of art over its narrative or aesthetic dimension.


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Paintings, works of art are continuous sources of words and thoughts. But the circle does not close. There is always this circularity whereby things are infinite, continuous and varying.

Alighiero Boetti was born in Turin in 1940. From 1968, he added an ‘e’ (Italian for ‘and’) between his first name and surname creating a double character which he used throughout his career.


Boetti’s affiliation with the Arte Povera movement was brief, and by the 1970s, he stood apart from the collective movements of those times. He was heavily influenced by his travels to Afghanistan - he visited the country for the first time in 1971 and then regularly until 1979 when the Russian Army invaded. In his famous Mappa series, Boetti directed Afghan craftswomen to embroider maps with...

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