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Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. In 1960 he had his first solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin. Between 1961 and 1962 he made the first Mirror Paintings, which directly include the viewer and real time in the work. The Mirror Paintings quickly brought Pistoletto international acclaim, leading, in the Sixties, to one-man exhibition in important galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. Between 1965 and 1966 he created a set of works entitled Minus Objects, considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera. In 1967 he began to work outside traditional exhibition spaces, with the first instances of that Creative Collaboration he developed over the following decades by bringing together artists from different disciplines and diverse sectors of society. In 1975-76 he presented a cycle of twelve consecutive exhibitions, Le Stanze, at the same gallery in Turin. This was the first of a series of complex, year-long works called Time Continents. In 1978, in a show in Turin, Pistoletto defined two main directions his future artwork would take: Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion. During the Nineties, with Project Art, the creation in Biella of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and the University of Ideas, he brought art into active relation with diverse spheres of society with the aim of inspiring and producing responsible social change. In 2003 he won the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifelong Achievement. In 2004 the University of Turin awarded him a laurea honoris causa in Political Science. On that occasion the artist announced what has become the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise. In 2007, in Jerusalem, he received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, “for his constantly inventive career as an artist, educator and activist whose restless intelligence has created prescient forms of art that contribute to fresh understanding of the world.” He is the Artistic Director of Evento 2011 – L'art pour une ré-évolution urbaine in Bordeaux. In 2012 he launches Rebirth-day, the First Worldwide Day of Rebirth, an initiative which generated over a hundred events all over the world on 21st December. In 2013, from April to September, his personal exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto, année un - le paradis sur terre will take place at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Artist official website: www.pistoletto.it