Alighiero Boetti |1940 - 1994 , Born in Turin, Italy

Fascinated by the world of art, Alighiero Boetti gave up studying economics at the University of Turin to study the work of Paul Klee, music and philosophy. At the same time, he developed a strong interest in the Middle East and Africa and travel in general. In 1960 he left for Paris where he met his first wife.

His career as an artist began in 1967 at the Galleria Stein, back in his hometown of Turin, during a period when conceptual art was prevalent. He was a major figure in the arte povera movement, using everyday raw materials to express his artistic ideas.

In 1971 Alighiero Boetti discovered Afghanistan, and he began to visit the country regularly, inviting his family to accompany him. It was in this country that he undertook his most famous series of artworks : Mappe (planispheres). These were tapestries, made by Afghan women, created to his model of a planisphere, with each country represented by the national flag of the authority at the time.

Alighiero Boetti continued to travel throughout his life, taking inspiration for his work from the countries he visited, and their traditions, from Ethiopia and Guatemala to Japan. He died in Rome in 1994.

  • Aerei 1989
  • Larga approssimazione grande tolleranza 1978