Piero Gilardi | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books




Piero Gilardi (Turin, 3 August 1942) is an Italian sculptor.

Gilardi was born in Turin in 1942, son of the painter and model Cecilia Lavelli. In 1963 he made his debut with a neo-Dadaist exhibition of Machines for the future at the Galleria L'Immagine in Turin.

He achieved great fame with the Nature Carpets in 1965: these are works made of polyurethane (polyurethane), which reproduce in an extremely realistic way fragments of the natural environment, for play but also to denounce a lifestyle considered increasingly artificial (Greto stream, Gallery of Modern Art, Cagliari). These carpets were exhibited in Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Milan, New York and Paris.

Gilardi interrupts the production of works to participate in the theoretical elaboration of new artistic trends: poor art, land art and Antiform art. In 1969 he participated as a collaborator in the realization of the first two international exhibitions of new international trends Op Losses Schroeven at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle in Bern (Switzerland). The Stedelijk Museum still exhibits, in the part dedicated to the history of the museum itself, part of the correspondence between Gilardi and Wim Beeren, between the curators of the museum.

From 1968 and throughout the seventies, his artistic activity was accompanied by political militancy in formations of the so-called "new left" (extra-parliamentary left or extreme left), embracing the artistic movements of collective and spontaneous creativity, and operating in various social spheres, where it offers its contribution in basic cultural animation. He lives creative experiences not only in Italy, but also in Nicaragua, in various African countries and in the territories of the Native Americans in the USA.

He returned to full artistic production from 1981, recounting his artistic-ideological path in a text entitled From art to life, from life to art, published in 1981. Not for sale for Mazzotta editore will follow in 2000.

In 1985 he began an artistic research with new technologies through the IXIANA Project which, presented at the Parc de la Villette in Paris, prefigures a technological park in which the general public could experiment with digital technologies in an artistic sense.

Over the last few years he has developed a series of interactive multimedia installations with intense international activity. Together with Claude Faure and Piotr Kowalski, it is formed by the international association "Ars Technica". As head of the Italian section of Ars Technica, he promotes the international exhibitions "Arslab. Methods and Emotions" (1992), "Arslab. I Sensi del Virtuale" (1995), Arslab in Turin. The labyrinths of the body at play (1999) and numerous study conferences on the art of new media.

Most of Gilardi's recent works share a common theme, namely the interaction between work and viewer. Among the different creations, they recall the pulsations, in which the heartbeat of the observer of the work - recorded by means of a sensor - determines the changes of the whole; Absolut, a forest of synthetic, translucent and cold materials, Shared emotion, which involves two people in an interactive computer exhibition, referring to the new ways of approaching and exchanging in the virtual and globalized society.

He has been working on the project of the Living Art Park of the City of Turin since 2002, of which he was president. He is a member of the Artistic Direction Committee of the project.