Piero Manzoni

When Bodies Became Art

26 June to 22 September 2013

Despite his short career, Piero Manzoni (1933 - 1963), who died an early death at the age of twenty-nine, is regarded as one of the most consequential representatives of Italian post-war art. The artist would have celebrated his eightieth birthday on July 13, 2013. The Städel paid tribute to this key figure of the European avant-garde after 1945 with its exhibition “Piero Manzoni. When Bodies Became Art” to mark the occasion exactly fifty years after the artist’s death. The extensive show was the first Manzoni retrospective ever to be staged in the German-speaking world and the first comprehensive presentation of his oeuvre in a museum outside Italy for more than two decades. The exhibition highlighted the radical character of the artist’s multifaceted position. More than one hundred works from all phases of Manzoni’s career offered complex insights into an oeuvre between Art Informel still persuasive and influential today, and the emergence of a new concept of art, Modernism and neo-avant-garde, art and the everyday world.

Images: Piero Manzoni, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

CURATOR: Dr. Martin Engler, Städel Museum

In collaboration with Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan.