Piero Manzoni: Scatology and Art


41F0mUPQRhL._SX342_On the 13th of July 1933, Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni was born in Soncino Cremona, Italy. Called, by some, the enfant prodige of Italian art in the late 1950s and early 60s, Manzoni became most famous for a series of artworks that dealt with the presence of the artist’s character and physiology in art. Some of his works, such as the performance piece when he signed his name on living people and issued them with certificates of authenticity, questioned also the nature of the art object. He produced monochrome canvasses, assemblages, performances, and installations, all of which were informed by a sharply comic and theatrical sense. In 1961, Manzoni created his notorious work entitledArtist’s Shit (in Italian Merda d’Artista). The work comprised of 90 self-produced cans, each sealed and labelled in Italian, English, French and German: “Artist’s Shit/ Contents 30gr/ Freshly preserved/ Produced and tinned in…

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