Project Art
Project Art arose and developed at the same time as Pistoletto’s teaching activity at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy, from 1991 to 1999. Here he and his students set up an innovative program that broke down the traditional barriers between artistic disciplines. In February 1994, at the Marstall Theater in Munich, Pistoletto organized the event Tempo, Tag Theater, involving exponents of the worlds of economics and politics as well as artists from different fields. In October, the town hall in Pistoia hosted the first in a series of public meetings in which the program manifesto of Project Art was presented and discussed with representatives of increasingly broad sectors of society.

Progetto Arte is founded on the idea that art is the most sensitive and complete expression of human thought, and that the time has come for artists to take on the responsibility of establishing ties among all human activities, from economics to politics, science to religion, education to behavior—in a word, among the threads that make up the fabric of society” (from Progetto Arte Manifesto, 1994)

There followed a flurry of activity in which the goals of Project Art, summed up in certain catch phrases in the manifesto—“eliminate distances while maintaining differences,” “love differences” and “thought-sponsoring artist”—developed and became concrete. Among them the exhibition, The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni (Pistoia, November 1995 – February 1996), divided into 16 thematic rooms (Dress, Politics, Meetings, Architecture, Theater, Art, Information, Music, Science, Design, Religion, Market, Economics, Literature, Food, Philosophy) that correspond to the different areas articulated within Project Art. In the following show, Habitus, Abito, Abitare, at the Pecci Museum in Prato (September 1996 – February 1997), which, like the preceding one, was curated by Pistoletto and Bruno Corà, the rooms were ‘inhabited’ by artists, sociologists and designers, and events involving the inhabitants were organized in various spots around town.
Journal , a magazine documenting the developments of Project Art (since 1994) and the activities of Cittadellarte (since 1998) is published annually.

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Tempo Tag Theater, 1994
Tempo Tag Theater, 1994
Tempo Tag Theater, 1994
Tempo Tag Theater, 1994
Tempo Tag Theater, 1994
Project Art, 1994
Journal 1, 1995
The concept and the spirit, 1995
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
The Doors of Palazzo Fabroni,
1995-1996
Progetto Arte – Prologue,
1995
Senatus Prologue,
1995
Mirroring Simphony,
1995
Habitus, Abito, Abitare
Progetto Arte, 1996-1997
Habitus, Abito, Abitare
Progetto Arte, 1996-1997
Habitus, Abito, Abitare
Progetto Arte, 1996-1997
Habitus, Abito, Abitare
Progetto Arte, 1996-1997
Habitus, Abito, Abitare
Progetto Arte, 1997
 MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
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