President of the Jury
Born in Biella, Michelangelo Pistoletto gained International acclaim since the 1960s, with his famous Mirror Paintings. Since 1965, with the set Minus objects, he inaugurated the art movement of Arte Povera (Poor Art), of which he’s the leading figure. During the 1990s he established the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and the University of Ideas, aimed at a responsible transformation of society through art. Since 2004, he began the most recent phase of his work, called Third Paradise. Promoter of the Rebirth-day in 2012, the first universal day of rebirth, in 2013 the Louvre Museum of Paris hosted his personal exhibition “Michelangelo Pistoletto. Année 1 – Le Paradis sur Terre” and in 2014 the symbol of the Third Paradise has been installed in the hall of the Council of the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels. In 2015 he created a monumental sculpture, entitled Rebirth, in the park of the UN building in Geneva.