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Works by Piero Manzoni on view at Muse cantonal des Beaux-Arts

August 25th, 2016 06:20:14 am

The Muse cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne is presenting the first museum exhibition in Switzerland of the work of Piero Manzoni (1933–1963). Centred on the Achromes – the white monochromes the artist worked on during his brief career (1957– 1963) – the exhibition comprises 70 outstanding works ranging from the famous wrinkled canvases to the final polystyrene pieces, not to mention his few sculptures and works on paper. A major figure on the art scene of the 1950s–1960s, Manzoni enjoys the same status as Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein as one of the most innovative artists of the time. Like them he experimented with monochrome, but took the concept further by opting for the a-chromatic: the very absence of colour. Driven by a determination to free the work of art from the painterly tradition and from the

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