Multireligious Place of Meditation and Prayer
Pistoletto’s Lieu de recuiellement et de prière was inaugurated in the summer of 2000 at the Paoli-Calmettes Oncology Institute in Marseille. The space was divided by screens into five sections arranged around a central area like the petals of a flower. Four of the sections host symbols of a major religion; the fifth, for other confessions as well as nonbelievers, contains a collection of books. The central area holds the Cubic Meter of Infinity, one of Pistoletto’s works from 1966, made up of a cube formed by six mirrors with their reflecting surface turned inward.

“The first fire around which human beings gathered was the center of society. The first stone that gathered people around itself was at once a sculpture and an altar. The first person who placed that stone at the center of the group and etched the cave’s wall was an artist and a prophet. This space of meditation aspires to be a prophetic art place today” (Michelangelo Pistoletto, publication for the inauguration of the work, Bureau des Compétences, Marseille 2000).

Pistoletto will explore further the subject of spirituality and monotheistic religions in his work The Time of Judgement (2009) and in his manifesto Hominitheism and Demopraxy (2012-2016).

download the manifesto by Michelangelo Pistoletto:
"Hominitheism and Demopraxy" (PDF)

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Place of Meditation and Prayer, 2000
Multireligious and Secular Place of Meditation, 2000-2005
The Time of Judgement,
The Time of Judgement,