The story of the Foundation
This section briefly examines the episodes after 1963 that led to the creation of the Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni in 1992 (transformed into the Foundation in 2009) and its principal activities to date.
2022 THE DUTCH PAPERS AND GROUP SHOWS
The year continued with the participation in several group shows, while the book “Caro Hans...”. Il carteggio con Hans Sonnenberg (1958-1963) was published.continue...
2022 FURTHER INITIATIVES FOR THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MERDA D’ARTISTA (ARTIST’S SHIT)
The events organized to mark the anniversary of Merda d’artista (Artist’s Shit) continued with the making of three videos (YouTube channel) and a theatrical performance dedicated to the legendary can.continue...
2021 NEW INTERNET SITES AND THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MERDA D’ARTISTA (ARTIST’S SHIT)
The year opened with the Piero Manzoni Foundation’s new and completely revolutionised website, enriched with new contents.
In May a second site was created Merdadartista.org along with a YouTube channel dedicated exclusively to the Merda d’artista (Artist’s Shit). They were launched to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of Manzoni’s iconic work.continue...
2020 AN INCREASINGLY “SOCIAL” FOUNDATION AND THE KIDLAB
An Instagram profile was created for the Fondazione Piero Manzoni and the Kidlab workshop for children was born.continue...
2020 NEW CONTRIBUTIONS
The Royal Society of Chemistry edited a scientific publication with a text on the works of Piero Manzoni and for the first time an early piece written by the artist was published.continue...
2020 MANZONI IN JAPAN AND AT THE QUIRINALE
View of the exhibition Piero Manzoni in Japan: First step, ShugoArts - シュウゴア-ツ, Tokyo, 2020 (photo © Shigeo-Muto, Courtesy ShugoArts - シュウゴア-ツ)
This is the year in which Piero Manzoni landed in Japan with a solo show.
An agreement was also reached for a multi-year loan to the Quirinale.continue...
2019 PUBLICATIONS ABOUT PIERO IN ENGLISH AND AN EXHIBITION IN HOLLAND
During the year a further two books were published that marked an important step in the international promotion of Piero Manzoni, while the Schiedam Museum hosted the exhibition Manzoni in Holland.continue...
2019 SOLO SHOWS AT HAUSER & WIRTH IN THE UNITED STATES
View of the exhibition Piero Manzoni. Materials of His Time, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, 2019 (photo © Mario de Lopez, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Piero Manzoni Foundation)
Two major exhibitions curated by Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo were organized in Hauser & Wirth’s US galleries: Piero Manzoni. Materials of his time and Piero Manzoni. Lines.continue...
2018 EXHIBITION IN FLORENCE AND COLLABORATION WITH THE BECCARIA HIGH SCHOOL
The Foundation collaborated with the Beccaria High School in Milan on a curricula project involving students from the second and third years.
A solo show was held at the Museo del 900 in Florence.continue...
2018 RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FILM “LE LUNGHE LINEE” (THE LONG LINES)
The soundtrack of a film featuring Piero Manzoni and Uliano Lucas was reconstructed.continue...
2017 DESTRUCTION OF A LARGE BATCH OF FAKES AND PUBLICATION OF NEW BOOKS
2017 also saw the destruction of 39 works declared to be fakes, inherited by Graziano Zecchillo, son of the baritone Giuseppe Zecchillo, while scholarly research regarding Piero Manzoni continued with the publication of new books.continue...
2017 THE ARRIVAL OF IRENE, COLLABORATION WITH HAUSER & WIRTH
2017 was an important year: the Fondazione signs a new worldwide representation agreement with Hauser & Wirth, the gallery that “reaches beyond the confines of the art world”, led by Marc Payot and Iwan and Manuela Wirth.
Irene began working with the Foundation.continue...
2016 UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE
Invitation to the conference Archivi d’artista e lasciti: memorie culturali tra diritto e mercato (Artist’s Archives and Estates: Cultural Memories between Law and Market), Milan, 2016
The Foundation’s director Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo participated in a conference on artists’ archives.continue...
2016 MAJOR EXHIBITION IN LAUSANNE
View of the exhibition Achrome. Piero Manzoni, la peinture sans couleur, Lausanne, 2016 (photo © Nora Rupp, Courtesy Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne)
A major solo show is staged at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, while in London a gallery devotes a specific project to Piero.continue...
2015 DEVOUR ART, FACEBOOK AND SONCINO
Copy of the Base magica - Scultura vivente (Magic Base - Living Sculpture) in Piazza Piero Manzoni in Soncino
Another book was published in the ‘Pesci Rossi’ series and Soncino, Piero’s birthplace, installed a sculpture in the piazza dedicated to him.continue...
2015 FIRST SOLO SHOW IN BRAZIL AND GROUP SHOW ABOUT AZIMUT|H IN VENICE
Piero Manzoni “landed” in Brazil for the first time while a major exhibition dedicated to Azimut|h was organized in Venice.continue...
2014 PUBLISHING ACTIVITIES, CONFERENCE AND A NEW AUCTION RECORD
In November the Foundation organized a conference at Palazzo Reale. The intensive publishing activity continued with four new books about the artist.
The auction record of the previous year was beaten by another mind-blowing figure.continue...
2014 SOLO SHOW AT PALAZZO REALE AND EXPO
Various events took place that involved Piero Manzoni in Italy, in particular the solo show at Palazzo Reale in Milan early in the year and the Foundation’s participation in Expo.continue...
2013-2014 THE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT MANZONI
The director Andrea Bettinetti made the documentary Piero Manzoni, artista (Piero Manzoni, Artist), produced by Good Day Film and Sky Arte.continue...
2013 NEW PUBLICATIONS AND AUCTION RECORD
During the course of the year four books were published in collaboration with the Manzoni Foundation, two of which by Electa in its ‘Pesci Rossi’ series.
An Achrome was sold at auction for an exceptional figure.continue...
2013 MARKING PIERO’S ANNIVERSARIES
Invitation and photos of the dinner Bianco Mangiare (Eating White), Open Care / Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan, February 6, 2013
Marking the 80th anniversary of the birth of Piero Manzoni and the 50th anniversary of his death, the Foundation celebrated the artist by collaborating on a new museum exhibition, creating a limited edition gadget and organizing a special evening with a gastronomic tribute to Piero.continue...
2011-12 AGNESE ARRIVES, A NEW OFFICE AND AN EXHIBITION AT GAGOSIAN IN LONDON
Agnese Boschini joined the Fondazione team this year.
The office moved from Via Ranzoni in the Fiera area to a new home in the Bovisa district. The cultural promotion of the work of Piero Manzoni on an international level continued with the exhibition Manzoni: Azimut at Gagosian in London.continue...
2010 PIERO AT THE MUSEO DEL NOVECENTO AND LEGAL VICTORIES
The eagerly awaited Museo del Novecento opened in Milan with a room dedicated to Piero Manzoni and Azimuth.continue...
The number of court cases finding in favour of the Foundation and judging the works in question to be fakes continued to increase.
2009 THE ARRIVAL OF DANIELA AND THE RETROSPECTIVE IN NEW YORK
Daniela Migotto began working with the Foundation this year.
The Gagosian gallery organized a major retrospective in New York, 37 years on from the last solo show in the United States held by the Sonnabend Gallery.continue...
2008 COLLABORATION WITH GAGOSIAN
A representation agreement was reached between the Gagosian Gallery and the Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni, with this last changing its legal status to become a non-profit foundation under the name Fondazione Piero Manzoni.continue...
2007 THE SOLO SHOW AT THE MADRE IN NAPLES
A major Piero Manzoni’s retrospective at the MADRE – Museo di Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina opened on 19 May.continue...
2006 THREE IMPORTANT GROUP SHOWS
Invitation to the travelling exhibition Il Modo Italiano: Italian Arts & Design. The 20th Century, Montréal Museum of Fine Art, Montréal, 2006
Three important group shows were held during the course of the year, two touring (Montreal, Toronto, then Rovereto and Düsseldorf, then Saint-Etienne) and one in Lugano, all featuring numerous works by Piero Manzoni.continue...
2005 EXHIBITION AT THE TATE WITH BURRI AND FONTANA
Invitation and exhibition catalogue of Beyond Painting: Burri, Fontana, Manzoni, Tate Modern, London, 2005-06
Tate Modern in London devoted an exhibition to Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri that remained open for almost a year.continue...
2004 THIRD CATALOGUE
Cover of the box-set Piero Manzoni. Catalogo generale, edited by G. Celant, Skira, Geneva-Milan, 2004
Skira published the third catalogue of the work of Piero Manzoni.continue...
2000 ANOTHER SOLO SHOW IN MILAN
Cover of the exhibition catalogue Piero Manzoni. Consumazione dell’arte dinamica del pubblico divorare l’arte. Mostra dossier 8, Museo della Permanente, Milan, 2000
Giorgio Zanchetti curated the exhibition Piero Manzoni. Consumazione dell’arte / dinamica del pubblico / divorare l’arte at the Museo della Permanente.continue...
1997-1998 PIERO MANZONI IN MILAN AND LONDON
Palazzo Reale hosted the exhibition Piero Manzoni. Milano et mitologia, while the following year another solo show was held at the Serpentine Gallery in London.
Work began on the new general catalogue edited by Germano Celant.continue...
1994 GROUP SHOW IN THE UNITED STATES, ITALY AND GERMANY
Cover of the travelling exhibition catalogue The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1994
Piero Manzoni was one of the artists featured in the exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968.continue...
1992 BIRTH OF THE FOUNDATION
In 1992, Piero Manzoni’s four siblings (Maria Melania, Elena, Giacomo and Giuseppe) founded the Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni, a non-profit association.
1991 THE CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ
Cover of the first catalogue raisonné Piero Manzoni. Catalogue raisonné, Edizioni di Vanni Scheiwiller, Milan, 1991
The publisher Vanni Scheiwiller issued the first catalogue raisonné of the work of Piero Manzoni edited by Freddy Battino and Luca Palazzoli.continue...
1991 SOLO TRAVELLING SHOW IN PARIS, HERNING, MADRID AND RIVOLI
Cover of the travelling exhibition catalogue Piero Manzoni, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1991
A new solo show curated by Germano Celant was held in Paris before moving to Herning (Denmark), Madrid and Rivoli.continue...
1981-1991 NEW FORGERIES ON THE MARKET
Cover of the book Piero Manzoni, Associazione Amici di Piero Manzoni (Piero Manzoni’s friends Association), Milan
Partially as a consequence of the continued rise in the economic values of Manzoni’s work, the Eighties unfortunately saw a parallel growth in forgeries, a trend that had already been noted in the late Sixties.
1977-1981 MANZONI AT THE POMPIDOU
Cover of the exhibition catalogue Identité italienne: l’art en Italie depuis 1959, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1981
Manzoni was among the artists featured in two group shows: at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin and at the Kunsthaus in Zürich. He participated in the group show Identité italienne: l’art en Italie depuis 1959, curated by Germano Celant at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.continue...
1975 THE FIRST GENERAL CATALOGUE
The first general catalogue of Piero Manzoni, edited by Germano Celant, was published by Prearo Editore.continue...
1974 AN ARTICLE ON THE ART MARKET
On 9 November 1974, the daily newspaper Bresciaoggi published the list drawn up in Germany of the world’s one hundred most important painters. Manzoni was the second Italian artist.continue...
1974 PIERO MANZONI AT THE TATE
Cover of the exhibition catalogue Piero Manzoni. Paintings, Reliefs & Objects, The TATE Gallery, London, 1974
London’s Tate Gallery hosted the exhibition Piero Manzoni. Paintings, Reliefs & Objects.continue...
1973 A SOLO SHOW IN GERMANY
Cover of the exhibition catalogue Piero Manzoni 1933-1963, Städtisches Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, 1973
Another solo show was held at the Kunsthalle Tübingen before moving to the Städtisches Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich.continue...
1972-1973 PIERO MANZONI IN THE UNITED STATES
Manzoni’s first solo show in the United States was staged in New York, Houston, Seattle and Chicago.continue...
1972 WORK BEGAN ON THE CATALOGUE AND THE FIRST FAKE WORKS BEGAN TO CIRCULATE
Work began on the first general catalogue edited by Germano Celant, in part as a response to the attempts to introduce the first fake works.continue...
1971 ROME AND CONTROVERSY
A major retrospective at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, strongly promoted by the director Palma Bucarelli, in collaboration with Germano Celant, triggered national controversy over the exhibition of the tins of Artist’s Shit.continue...
1971 SOLO SHOWS IN CREMA AND FERRARA
A solo show was organized in two Italian institutions, the Civic Museum of Crema and Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara.continue...
1970 THE “RICERCA CONTEMPORANEA” SERIES
Covers of the four books Ricerca Contemporanea (Contemporary Research), Editore Vanni Scheiwiller, 1970-75
The publisher Vanni Scheiwiller issued the series Ricerca Contemporanea (Contemporary Research) edited by Valeria Manzoni.continue...
1969-1970 A SOLO SHOW IN NORTHERN EUROPE
Over the course of these two years the first solo travelling show was held in international institutions in Eindhoven, Mönchengladbach, Hanover and Amsterdam.continue...
1968-1969 A DONATION TO THE GNAM
At the request of Palma Bucarelli, between 1968 and 1969, Valeria Manzoni donated four Achromes to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.continue...
1967 CELANT AND MANZONI
The publisher Vanni Scheiwiller issued a first monograph on Piero Manzoni edited by Uliano Lucas.continue...
The first essay in Italian on the artist by Germano Celant was published under the title “C’è solo da essere”.
1964 THE FIRST EXHIBITIONS AFTER PIERO’S DEATH
The artist’s first solo shows following his death were held in Brussels and Milan, while his work also featured in various group shows including Pittura a Milano dal 1945 al 1964 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale.continue...