Pietro Consagra

Born in 1920 in Mazara del Vallo (Trapani), Pietro Consagra is internationally recognized as the most prominent figure in the new Italian contemporary sculpture scene. His artwork is part of some of the greatest collections in the United States and is exhibited in the world’s best museums for contemporary art.

Consagra felt an almost moral need to free sculpture from its three-dimensional character, which, according to him, implied an authoritarian centre. His frontal vision surfaced as a richly potential alternative; it meant ridding sculpture of its burdensome historical legacy – to his mind now redundant – and bringing it to essential concepts, in the belief that putting the object directly in front of the viewer would establish an instant dialogue.