Biography

Piero Gilardi, (Turin 1942 – 2023)
In 1963 he held his first one-man show, entitled Machines for the future. In 1965 he created his first pieces in polyurethane foam and exhibited them in Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam and New York. As from 1968 he stopped producing regular art works to engage in the new artistic trends of the late ’60s. Arte Povera, Land Art and Antiform Art. He took part in setting up the first two international exhibitions of the new trends at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and at the Bern Kunsthalle.
In 1969 he started a long trans-cultural experience to conceptually analyse and practise the “Art/Life” combination. As political activist and animator of youth culture, he organised several experiences of collective creativity on urban and “world” fringes, such as Nicaragua, Indian Reserves in the USA and Africa.
In 1981 he resumed his activity in the art world an exhibited installations, accompanied by creative public workshops. In 1985 he started and artistic research project with new technologies with the elaboration of the IXIANA project (which was presented at the Parc de la Villette in Paris). This work consisted of a technological park in which the public could artistically experiment with digital technologies.
During the ’90s he developed a series of multimedia interactive installations with an intense international activity. Along with Claude Faure and Piotr Kowalski, he formed the International Association Ars Technica. He presides over the international association “Ars Technica” which has promoted two Arslab exhibitions of neo-technological art in Turin (Arslab. Metodi ed Emozioni in 1992, Arslab, I Sensi del Virtuale in 1995, Arslab. I labirinti del corpo in gioco in 1999). He has published two books of theoretical reflection about his varied forms of research: Dall’arte alla vita, dalla vita all’arte (From art to life, from life to art), La Salamandra, Milano 1981 and Not for Sale, Mazzotta, Milano 2000 and Les Presses du reel, Dijon 2003. He writes articles for a number of different art magazines such as Juliet and Flash Art.

He had promoted the project of PAV – Parco Arte Vivente (Living Art Park opened in the 2008 in Turin) which will contain a compendium of all his experiences concerning the relationship between Nature/Culture.

Exhibitions

SOLO SHOW (selection)

2022/2023 • Gilardi Tappeto Natura Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, N.Y.
2020 • Dalla Natura all’Arte, Michel Rein, Parigi
2018  • La tempesta perfetta, Galleria Giraldi, Livorno
2017 • Estetiche dell’antropocene, Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara
2017 • Nature Forever, Museo MAXXI, Roma
2017 • Tappeti Natura, Galleria Biasutti&Biasutti, Torino
2016 • Natura espansa, Galleria Poleschi Arte, Milano
2014 • Mezzo secolo di ecologia della mente, Galleria Guido Costa Project, Torino

2013 • Piero Gilardi. Recent work 2008-2013, PAV – Parco Arte Vivente , Torino
2013 • Effetti Collaborativi, Nottingham Contemporary Art, Nottingham
2012 • Effetti Collaborativi, Van Abbemuséum, Eindhoven
2012 • Effetti Collaborativi, Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
2010 • Centre Creation Contemporaine de Tours
2006 • Interdipendenze, Galleria Civica di Modena
1999 • Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna.
1998 • Gallery Massimo Minini, Brescia
1991 • Gallery Sperone Westeater, New York
1967 • Gallery Fischbach, New York
1967 • Gallery Sperone, Milan
1967 • Gallery Zwirner, Koln
1967 • Gallery Ileana Sonnabend, Paris

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019 • I sei anni di Marcello Rumma 1965-1970, Museo Madre, Napoli
2019 • Resistenza/Resilienza, PAV Parco Arte Vivente, Torino
2018 • No Man’s Land, natural spaces, testing grounds, MUDAM, Luxembourg
2018 • The God-Trick, PAV Parco Arte Vivente, Torino
2018 • The Szechwan Tale: China, Theatre and History, FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milano
2017 • The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History, 1st Anren Biennale – Cina
2017 • Il Teatro Subalterno, Prometeo Gallery, Milano
2017 • La macchina estrattiva, PAV  Parco Arte Vivente, Torino
2015 • Earthrise, PAV  Parco Arte Vivente, Torino

2014 • Vegetation as a political agent, PAV – Parco Arte Vivente, Torino
2013 • Internaturalità, PAV  Parco Arte Vivente, Torino
2013 • Noise, Biennale di Venezia, Magazzini S.Cassian
2013 • Disobedience, Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
2011 • Collector, Oeuvres du Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Lille
2010 • Arte Povera. Che fare?, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
2008 • Ecosoft Art, PAV  Parco Arte Vivente, Torino

2008 • 1968-1988, Pecci Museum, Prato
2008 • Installation open-air, Verein Symposium, Lindabrunn
2003 • Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon
2003 • Fragments d’un discours italien, MAMCO, Geneve
2001 • Media Connection, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma
2001/2002 • Zero to infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972, Tate Modern, London / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculture Garden, Washington
2000 • There is no spirit in painting, Le Consortium, Dijon
2000 • Il sentimento del 2000, Triennale, Milan
1995 • Multimediale 4, Karlsruhe
1993 • 45° Biennale di Venezia
1993 • Artec 93, Nagoya
1992 • Artifices II, Paris
1990 • La otra scultura Palacio de Cristallo, Madrid
1988 • Seoul Olympic Park, Seoul
1987 • Terrae Motus Grand Palais, Paris
1968 • Group Exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis