The Preventive Peace by Michelangelo Pistoletto opened at Palazzo Reale, Milan, on Thursday, March 23rd, 2023. The exhibition promoted and produced by Comune di Milano Cultura, Palazzo Reale, Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto in partnership with Skira has been curated by Fortunato D’Amico and is part of Milano Art Week. The exhibition can be visited until June 4th.
The Preventive Peace by Michelangelo Pistoletto is exhibited at Palazzo Reale in Milan
The Preventive Peace is a labyrinth created by Michelangelo Pistoletto expressly to be set up in the Sala delle Cariatidi in Palazzo Reale. A series of corrugated cardboard unrolls progressively over the surface of the exhibition space, gathering some of the artist’s most emblematic artworks, such as Venus of the Rags, The Reintegrated Apple, and The Third Paradise.
The visitor follows a fluid yet disorienting path representing the labyrinth of daily life and the artist’s awareness to conceive “art at the center of a responsible transformation of society”. According to Pistoletto, only democracy can bring change by including citizens and their organizations to start a real and responsible transformation process. Cittadellarte was born in the ’90s from this idea and, over the years, has continued The Third Paradise project, i.e., the third stage of humanity, which is the balanced connection of nature and artifice.
The Third Paradise
The Third Paradise is a giant structure covered with several colorful fabrics. In his exhibition in Milan, Pistoletto also used our denim. The artwork is made of three consecutive circles, which reconfigure the mathematical infinity sign to represent that nature (first circle) and artifice (last circle) are connected by the generative womb of new humanity (central circle).
What does the labyrinth mean to Michelangelo Pistoletto?
The labyrinth is a recurring theme in Michelangelo Pistoletto’s work. The artist has been using it since 1969, adjusting it to every exhibition space.
In 2011, in an interview with Germano Celant, the artist explained that “the labyrinth is such a symbolic place. The Minotaur’s myth means that the monster lives inside us and that there is a possibility that every one of us, at a certain point in our private, collective life, should face theirselves. My labyrinth is made of corrugated cardboard, a flexible material that can take any shape and fit any space. It is like a mirror that reflects any image and a physical element that is strictly linked to the imagination simultaneously”.