Germano Celant

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Germano Celant (1940 – 29 April 2020) was an Italian art historian, critic and curator. He invented the term "Arte Povera" (poor art) in 1967[1] and wrote many articles and books on the subject. He was born in Genoa, Italy.

Early life and career[change | change source]

In 1974, Celant edited and curated the Catalogue Raisonné of Italian artist Piero Manzoni. He curated many exhibitions on Italian art, including "Identité italienne. L'art en Italie depuis 1959" (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1981), "Italian art, 1900-1945" (Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 1989; with Pontus Hultén), and "Italian Metamorphosis 1943-1968" (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1994).

In 1997, he was the director of the Venice Biennale and in 2004, he curated the exhibition "Art and Architecture" in Genoa. From 1977, he was a contributing editor to Artforum and from 1991 he was a contributing editor to Interview.

In 1988, Celant was appointed Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.[2]

On 29 April 2020, Celant died of COVID-19 in Milan, aged 80.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2010-12-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Santa Fe Art Institute Lectures 2005
  2. Russell, John (Dec 1, 1988). "Guggenheim Names Curator". Retrieved Apr 29, 2020 – via NYTimes.com.
  3. Ronchi, Giulia (Apr 29, 2020). "Il virus uccide Germano Celant. Uno dei più grandi critici d'arte al mondo". Retrieved Apr 29, 2020.