Alighiero E Boetti comes to Tate Modern

A major new exhibition of the works of the famed Italian artist Alighiero E Boetti comes to London this month.

The exhibition will be held at the Tate Modern in London’s Bankside from Tuesday February 28th to May 27th and may be of interest to tourists staying at central London hotels.

A selection of the artist’s work, some of which have never before been seen in the UK, such as the well-known Self Portrait 1993, will be showcased at the event. The iconic self portrait is a life-size bronze cast of the artist hosing his head with a jet of water.

The exhibition marks the first time that a solo show by an artist of the 1960s Arte Povera movement has been held at the Tate Modern.

Boetti was born in 1940 and died in 1994. He has been hailed as one of the most important and influential Italian artists of the 20th century.

He is known for his preference for using simple materials in radically new ways and making use of industrial materials associated with the booming economy in Turin. The artist is also known for using unusual materials in his art works, such as magazine covers, pens and postage stamps.

Boetti’s work took him across the globe to far flung destinations, such as Afghanistan, Guatemala and Ethiopia and he engaged with some of the pressing political issues of his time.

Between 1971 and 1979, he set up a hotel in Kabul as part of an art project and produced large and colourful embroideries. The most famous of these embroideries were the Mappa – world maps in which each country features the design of its national flag.

Examples of Boetti’s Arte Povera work include Yearly Lamp, which was created in 1966 and consists of a light bulb in a wooden box which switches itself on for eleven seconds at random each year.

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