White Year
Announced in January 1989 on the invitation of a solo show in Perugia, White Year is a ‘time continent’ conceived “as a mirror painting ready to receive tomorrow’s images” or “white newspaper pages” open to outside events. It is in this sense that the large white sheets of plaster and marble shown in various places during the year should be understood. The visual correspondence between the images made famous by the media of the two most significant events of that year—people celebrating on the Berlin Wall and the statue erected during the Tiananmen Square revolt in Beijing—with two works by Pistoletto—the theater piece Year One (1981) and the sculpture About Face (1981)—form a motif that was presented on several later occasions, beginning with Pistoletto’s retrospective at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Rome in 1990. For a reconstruction of the entire operation see the publication, Michelangelo Pistoletto - Anno Bianco, edited by Bruno Corà and published by AEIOU (Rome, 1990).
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Letter to Bruno Corà
December 1988
White Year
January 1989
Horizontal Relief
February 1989
Seven Relieves
March 1989
Rilievi di taglio
April 1989
May 1989
Door (1978-1988)
May 1989
The Great Plaster, 1989
September 1989
Image-White Year
Turnabout-Tienanmen Square
Image-White Year
Year One-The Fall
of the Berlin Wall