Alighiero Boetti merged culture, embroidery, travel, photography, languages and maps to create works that invite reflection, collaboration and exchange.
Due to the technique in his works, he was considered representative of the movement of the poor art, a trend that created great works with simple materials.
Alighiero Boetti was born in Turin in 1940. The son of a lawyer and violinist, he began his studies at the business school in Italy, but dropped out to pursue art. He traveled to Paris to study engraving.
His interest was inclined towards linguistics, philosophy, science, mathematics, alchemy, the decorative arts, music and by other cultures, such as the Afghan. He also traveled to Guatemala to know its context.
Among his favorite youth readings were those of Hermann Hesse. He was also a fan of the works of Bauhaus artists Paul Klee, Wols and Lucio Fontana.
One of his most representative works is Twins (1968), a photomontage in which he represented himself holding his “other self” by the hand. For that work, the artist began to sign his works as “Alighiero and Boetti”.
In the 80s, Boetti began working with patterns or series with rivers, maps, signs and flags and creates “Map”, a large map of the world where each country had its flag stamped on a large tapestry, the result of his trips to Afghanistan where he lived with women weavers.
Alighiero Boetti is considered “unclassifiable” due to the diversity of techniques he used as the collage, He drew and photography.
His works invite us to reflect on life, the media, the role of art, the way in which people from different cultures interact in the world, on creativity as a way of life, among others.
The author exhibited in Italy, France, Germany, the United States, Belgium and London among many other countries and cities.
In 2011, in the Reina Sofia Museum from Spain a great retrospective of the author called “Game Strategy” in co-production with the Tate in London and the MoMA in New York.
Alighiero Boetti died in Rome in 1994.