21 January – 10 April 2005
Abundance and vacuum, all and nothing – Alighiero Boëttis oeuvre hovers masterfully between apparently incompatible opposites. The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein will position the artist in the larger context of his oeuvre.
Legno e ferro, 1967, from the museum’s own Arte Povera collection forms the exhibition's point of departure, accentuated by the two famous works Niente da vedere, niente da nascondere (Nothing to see, nothing to conceal), 1969–86, and Tutto (Everything), 1987: the emptiness of the one masks the greatest abundance conceivable; detail disappears in the complexity of the other. Alighiero Boëtti's artistic approach is often ambiguous and playful.
His unconstrained handling of letters, words and numbers gives rise to a new understanding of things – play as a thought experiment. The exhibition is being mounted in cooperation with Cordula von Keller, Rome, and with the kind support of Rinaldo Rossi, Genoa. The Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König is publishing an edition of the 81- part work Insicuro Noncurante, 1975 to mark the occasion. During the exhibition the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein will publish an additional documentation.
Alighiero Boetti, Legno e ferro, 1967