pistoletto_terzo-paradiso_copertina1Michelangelo Pistoletto, born in 1933 in Bielle, Italy

Artfacts (04/2016) : 97

2014 Michelangelo Pistoletto – Beirut Exhibition Center, Beyrout, Lebanon

2013 Michelangelo Pistoletto, Le Troisième Paradis – Le Louvre, Paris, France

2013 Praemium Imperiale Prize, Japonese Fine Arts Association, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections (selection) : MoMA, New-York, USA, Tate Modern London, UK, Centre Pompidou Paris, France

GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins

Personal website


France Louvre PyramidWork

Important artist of the Arte Povera movement, Michelangelo Pistoletto does not separate art from life and invests all practices, envisioning the creation of a City of Art (Cittadellarte) that would bring together all forms of human activity. Michelangelo Pistoletto calls for the transformation of society through art, through its ability to surprise, to generate thought and to renew human relationships.

For the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a sculpture was inaugurated in the park of the Palace of Nations in Geneva in October 2015. The sculpture “Rebirth” based on the infinity symbol, is composed of 193 stones representing the United Nations’ current Member States.

The artist is a graduate of Armando Testa’s advertising design school.

The Third Paradise – Pyramide du Louvre, Paris, 2013

© Michelangelo Pistoletto & GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins



eventi_rebirth-day_63Project : the Third Paradise for Paris Climate 2015

In 2004 the University of Turin awarded him doctor honoris causa in Political Science. On that occasion the artist announced what has become the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise. In 2010 he wrote the essay The Third Paradise, published in Italian, English, French and German. According to the artist, “The idea of the Third Paradise is to lead artifice—that is, science, technology, art, culture and political life—back to the Earth, while engaging in the reestablishment of common principles and ethical behaviour, for on these the actual success of the project depends.

The Third Paradise is the passage to a new level of planetary civilization, essential to ensure the human race’s survival. The Third Paradise is the new myth that leads everyone to take personal responsibility at this momentous juncture.

The Third Paradise is symbolically represented by a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign.

In 2014 the symbol of the Third Paradise was installed in the hall of the headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels for the period of the Italian Presidency of the European Council.

For COP21, Coalition is thinking about an alternative way to the Climate March through a performance reproducing a giant Third Paradise :“We are all into this together – To change everything we need everyone”.

Third Paradise, Rebirth Day, Sienna, 2013

© Michelangelo Pistoletto & GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins