Gianni Piacentino’s “Vehicles”

Gianni Piacentino started creating his “Vehicles” in the mid-1960s. The first prototypes in plastic-covered wood and metal made by the Piedmontese artist (born in Coazze, in the province of Turin, in 1945) were soon included in exhibitions all over Europe, and now belong to the permanent collections of many museums – including Berlin’s National Galerie, Turin’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, the Power Institute of Fine Arts in Sidney, and Reggio Emilia’s City Museums.

Piacentino’s Arte Povera sculptures overlook the natural and turn to the mechanical and technological aspects of our reality.

In an interview edited by art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, the sculptor talked about his passion for “building objects that are missing from reality and art history, in which mechanical and aerodynamic aesthetic elements appear”. “Obviously”, he went on, “the lack of functionality leads to a different perception compared to ‘real’, ‘working’ objects.”

Here is a selection of his creative “Vehicles”.

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Blue-amaranth iridescent frame vehicle, 1971

Mono nickel vehicle III, 1971

Black frame vehicle with light blue-gray triangle tank, 1970-1971

Pearl frame vehicle with violet-blue triangle tank, 1971-1973

Nickel-plated frame vehicle with black tank II, 1971

Nickel-plated frame vehicle with black tank I, 1971

Light-blue pearl frame vehicle with nickel front mark, 1971-1973

Copper frame vehicle with front mark, 1971

Road triangle, 1969

Pink-creme, gold, black triangle vehicle, 1971

Marbled (beige-green) vehicle, 1969

Black scooter, 1969

Vehicle prototype VII, 1970

Record Vehicle Prototype I, 1979

Blue-gray record vehicle, 1986-1988

Small Record Vehicles Prototypes, 1985-86


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