What’s On: Current Exhibitions Featuring Arte Povera Artists

Our new collection, Atelier 2022, features limited-edition rugs inspired by artists who worked under the umbrella of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s and 70s. Whether you’re traveling over the holidays or staying close to home, here’s a roundup of current exhibitions where you can experience the conceptual work of these influential artists whose mantra was “Art Is Life.”


Now on View


Lucio Fontana Sculpture

Hauser & Wirth
New York City
Through February 4, 2023

Fontana’s experiments across painting and sculpture made him a founding father of the Arte Povera movement. This exhibition of Fontana’s sculptures takes place in Hauser & Wirth’s uptown location where Fontana’s first solo show in the US was presented in 1961.


Arte Povera, Permanent Exhibition

Magazzino Italian Art
Cold Spring, New York

An ongoing exhibition from the Olnick Spanu Collection’s Postwar Italian art, Magazzino presents a comprehensive panorama of the Arte Povera movement at a bucolic campus in the Hudson Valley.



Kounellis in Six Acts

Walker Art Center
Through February 26, 2023

Jannis Kounellis, a leading voice in the Arte Povera movement, is the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Walker Center in conjunction with Museo Jumex in Mexico City. The first retrospective to be presented in North America in 35 years, the show highlights Kounellis’s innovative practice through key stages of his five-decade career.



River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Through February 26, 2023

Arte Povera sculptor Giuseppe Penone recently donated two collections of works on paper and artist books—that capture his creative musings over a five-decade career—one to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and another to the Centre Pompidou in Paris (see below).



Giuseppe Penone Drawings

Centre Pompidou
Through March 6, 2023

A joint exhibition with the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring Penone’s drawings alongside related sculptures from the collection of the Musée National d’Art Moderne that relate to the drawings, showcase the artist’s range of materials.


Reversing the Eye: Autour de l’Arte Povera 1960-75

Jeu de Paume
Through January 29, 2023

Jeu de Paume and LE BAL present a joint exhibition on the use of media – photography, film, video – by Italian artists of the 1960s and early 1970s. Centered around the arte povera group, it will focus on the Italian avant-garde vis-à-vis photography and the moving image.



Michelangelo Pistoletto, Fourth Generation

Cukrarna Gallery
Through March 5, 2023

An exhibition spanning Pistoletto’s long and continuing career, with a selection of his best-known works, including his Mirror Paintings, ranging from a self-portrait from 1961, and his iconic Venus of the Rags (1967). In addition to drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the display includes an on-site 70-meter wall drawing, executed by the students of the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design under the guidance of the artist.