Pietrasanta’s “450° Michelangelo Mindcraft” exhibition closes the 14th of September ____________ Pietrasanta Sculpture, 2014

Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte--Nari-WardNari Ward, in the Piazza
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“450° Michelangelo Mindcraft,” the twin exhibitions that have filled Pietrasanta’s main Piazza and exhibition spaces, as part of the city’s celebration of the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death, come to a close this week.

“Shadow, Dust and the Promise of Future” and “The myth of the swing, Of Time, Beauty and Other Human Disasters” have taken up residence this Summer in the City of Art. Both exhibitions feature works by leading international art-world figures – they celebrate Michelangelo and set out to explore virtuosity and the ideal of beauty, yet the individual contemporary artists’ works are often so removed from the Renaissance master’s approach to art, or aesthetic, (and the works’ placement within the shows – and in relation to one-another seems either forced, … or haphazard) that the result is somewhat perplexing.

We think there are some standout works – we mention Antony Gormley’s human energy sculpture in the Church of Sant’Agostino, (pictured just below) and Anish Kapoor’s dizzying black monolith, in the Sala Capitolina… The list of artists showing as part of “Shadow…” includes: Marina Abramovic, Antony Gormley, Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Chen Zhen, Mona Hatoum, and Nari Ward. The list of artists showing at the CAV, on the other side of town, includes: Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Vanessa Beecroft, Keith Haring, Enrico Castellani, Wim Delvoye, and Louise Nevelson.

Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte--Antony-GornleyAntony Gormley, in the Church of Sant’Agostino
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Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte--Anish-KapoorAnish Kapoor, in the Sala Capitolina
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Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti’s blog post (in Italian) on the exhibition, to get a sense of the opening reception, linked here.

See more photos after the jump…

450° Michelangelo Mindcraft
Until the 14th of September, 2014
Piazza Duomo, Sant’Agostino,
and the Centro Arti Visive
Pietrasanta

Hours: from 7pm to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday
FREE and open to the public.

Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte-Chen-ZhenChen Zhen, in the garden of the Chiostro
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Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte-PistolettoMichelangelo Pistoletto, in the Sala Putti
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Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte-Mona-HatoumMona Hatoum, in the Sala Putti
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Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte-Ai-WeiweiAi Weiwei, in the Sala Grasce
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