Michelangelo Pistoletto at Lévy Gorvy

Last week to enjoy 3 floors filled with Pistoletto's work at Lévy Gorvy on Madison Avenue. On view through January 30th.

MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Color and Light, Viceversa
'Color and Light’ 2016 and 2017, Right: ‘Viceversa’ 1971

Nested in the heart of NYC’s Lenox Hill, and occupying the entirety of a red-brick neoclassical townhouse at the corner of Madison and 73rd, Lévy Gorvy is the result of a union between longtime Swiss gallerist Dominique Lévy and ex-Christie's Chairman Brett Gorvy in early 2017. Since then, they have built upon Lévy’s already impressive past exhibitions from the likes of De Kooning and Castellani, to now include Michelangelo Pistoletto,

‘’One of the most influential and enduring artistic practices to unfold from the postwar period to the present’’.

Taking place over the full 3 floors of the gallery, the exhibition involves different mediums and works from different periods grouped together and arranged exclusively by Pistoletto for the space.


On the first floor, we are greeted by a set of mirror paintings ‘Color and Light’ 2016 and 2017, in which Pistoletto breaks down the mirror into several pieces reflecting the individuality of each. Centering the room, ‘Viceversa’ 1971 offers a monochromatic image within the 17th century frame, but a mirror at its back, symbolically evoking the history and evolution that brought us there. Additionally, rags on the floor in the shape of his ‘Third Paradise’ are reminiscent of his famous ‘Venus of the Rags’, an Arte Povera icon.

MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto,'Color and Light’ 2016 and 2017, Detail
'Color and Light’ 2016 and 2017, Detail
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto
'Color and Light’ 2016 and 2017, Left: ‘Viceversa’ 1971

The second floor holds together works such as ‘La Habana, persone in attesa’ 2015, and massive cage structure ‘The Free Space’ conceived in 1976 and fabricated in 2020, that explore themes of deprivation, freedom, and escape.

MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘The Free Space’ conceived in 1976 and fabricated in 2020
‘The Free Space’ conceived in 1976 and fabricated in 2020
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘La Habana, persone in attesa’ 2015
‘La Habana, persone in attesa’ 2015

The third floor holds an interactive installation ‘Porte Uffizi’ conceived in 1995 and fabricated in 2020, where viewers walk around and reflect on the different chambers evoking themes such as Architecture, Politics, and Economy.

MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 'Porte Uffizi'
'Porte Uffizi'
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 'Autoritratto con quaderno', 2008
'Autoritratto con Quaderno', 2008
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 'Sfera di Giornali'1966-20, 'Tempio a Dondolo' 1982
Right: 'Sfera di Giornali' 1966-20, Left: 'Tempio a Dondolo' 1982
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 'Contatto' 2017
'Contatto' 2017
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto, 'Terzo Paradisio' 2020
'Terzo Paradisio' 2020
MAD54, Michelangelo Pistoletto

Don't miss out on this incredible exhibition, open to the public and on view till January 30th.

Check out our Instagram Reel for a quick tour of the show.