29 June-25 Sept. Emilio Isgrò retrospective.
Open from Wednesday 29 June until mid-September, Milan celebrates Emilio Isgrò with a large-scale retrospective of his work at the Palazzo Reale.
As a conceptual artist and painter, but also a poet, writer, dramatist and theatre director, Isgrò has become one of the best-known names in Italian art at international level.
Through his “erasure” of texts from encyclopaedias, manuscripts, books, maps and films, he has reinterpreted the written word, transforming it into a visual language.
Isgrò made his literary debut in 1956 with the poetry collection Fiere del Sud (Arturo Schwarz Editore). In 1964 he first began erasing encyclopaedias and other texts, making his personal contribution to the birth and development of visual poetry and conceptual art. In 1966, during a one-man show at the Galleria Traghetto in Venice, he published Dichiarazione 1, defining his conception of poetry as “general art of the sign”. Also in 1966, he published the volume of poems L'età della ginnastica (Mondadori).
In 2015 he created the Seme dell’Altissimo, a marble sculpture measuring 7 metres in height which stands on the exhibition site of the Milan Expo 2015.