Michelangelo Pistoletto

Orchestra di stracci

Orchestra of Rags

Piles of rags, glass, cement and kettles
1968

Courtesy of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933) began his artistic career with figurative painting, eventually including sculpture and performance into his body of work. His use of humble and discarded objects such as old clothes marked his place in the Arte Povera movement. Pistoletto is known for his “minus objects” sculptures which explore the process of how objects transform into artworks through the ideas they convey.

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  • “Orchestra of Rags” is composed of old clothes and rags formed like an enclosure with three kettles in the middle. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own. It acquires auditory and olfactory qualities as the steam gradually thickens and condensed onto the glass above it, the moisture absorbed by the rags surrounding the kettles like an audience in a theater waiting for a performance to begin as the music of the whistles about to erupt. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own.

  • “Orchestra of Rags” is composed of old clothes and rags formed like an enclosure with three kettles in the middle. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own. It acquires auditory and olfactory qualities as the steam gradually thickens and condensed onto the glass above it, the moisture absorbed by the rags surrounding the kettles like an audience in a theater waiting for a performance to begin as the music of the whistles about to erupt. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own.

  • “Orchestra of Rags” is composed of old clothes and rags formed like an enclosure with three kettles in the middle. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own. It acquires auditory and olfactory qualities as the steam gradually thickens and condensed onto the glass above it, the moisture absorbed by the rags surrounding the kettles like an audience in a theater waiting for a performance to begin as the music of the whistles about to erupt. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own.

  • “Orchestra of Rags” is composed of old clothes and rags formed like an enclosure with three kettles in the middle. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own. It acquires auditory and olfactory qualities as the steam gradually thickens and condensed onto the glass above it, the moisture absorbed by the rags surrounding the kettles like an audience in a theater waiting for a performance to begin as the music of the whistles about to erupt. Described as volcanoes, the kettles gain a new life of their own.