Giovanni Anselmo

La terra si orienta e orienta

The earth orientates itself and orients

Soil, compass 
2020

Courtesy of the Artist

Giovanni Anselmo (b. 1934) is a prominent artist associated with the Arte Povera movement. He is known for his sculptures which combine organic and inorganic elements that pose metaphysical questions for the viewer. He has exhibited extensively and participated in a number of Venice Biennales. Anselmo’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art in Turin, among others.

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  • The sifted garden soil depicts a topography of a landmass oriented north, indicated by a small compass on one of its mounds.

  • The sifted garden soil depicts a topography of a landmass oriented north, indicated by a small compass on one of its mounds.

  • The sifted garden soil depicts a topography of a landmass oriented north, indicated by a small compass on one of its mounds.