Room 104.06 Living Spaces: the Politics of Arte Povera

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Against a background of new modernities emerging as alternatives to centres of tradition in the Italy of the so-called “economic miracle”, a group formed around the critic Germano Celant (1940) that encapsulated the poetry of arte povera. The chosen name (“poor art”) makes sense in the Italy of 1967, which in a few decades had gone from a development so slow it approached underdevelopment to becoming one of the economic driving forces of Europe. This period saw a number of approaches, both nostalgic and ideological, towards the popular, archaic and timeless world associated with the sub-proletariat in the South by, among others, the writer Carlo Levi (1902-1975) and the poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975).