Michelangelo Pistoletto: the new freedom of art

A freedom to enhance, a new ethical dimension to gain, a renewed social mission to pursue: this is art, according to Michelangelo Pistoletto who underlines its importance for contemporary democracy. Art has always played a role in society. However, it has always been limited by the power it was enslaved by (political, religious, and so forth). Only today, this participation may eventually become free, aware and responsible: these are the words of a leading figure of Italian Arte Pover,  Michelangelo Pistoletto, interviewed at the event Arte x Vino = Acqua (Art x Wine = Water).

“Today – Pistoletto says – art must take action and not be at one’s service any longer. It must bring a new authoritativeness in the transformation of matter. The matter of art does not correspond to any object, but it’s the society itself:  society is the new phenomenon that art can create and recreate, not by itself but with people”.

Meeting people and their desire for participation, working on society and with society, being an example and fostering democracy: according to Pistoletto, that is the new great challenge of art in the Third Millennium.

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