Manzoni at the Royal Palace

A retrospective on artist Piero Manzoni (1933-1963), a pivotal player in Italy's postwar avant-garde, has opened at Milan's Palazzo Reale, 50 yeqars after the artist’s death.

Open until 2 June, the show features over 100 works of art from Manzoni's short but intense career as a progenitor of the home-grown version of Conceptualism, known as Arte Povera, writes leading Italian news agency ANSA.

Born in 1933 in the northern town of Soncino near Cremona to an aristocratic family, Manzoni, whose full name was Count Meroni Manzoni de Chiosca e Poggiolo, moved to Milan in the 1950s, where he became best known for his provocative work. Manzoni mocked values and commercial art while embracing mystery in his work.

He died in 1963 of a heart attack at his atelier in Milan, as his intense life of work and exhibiting was in full swing.

Tickets and a catalogue are available on the exhibition website.

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