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Pier Paolo Calzolari

(Bologna, 21 November 1943)

He trained in Bologna where he held his first solo exhibition in 1965 at the Studio Bentivoglio.
From the following year he abandoned the traditional pictorial techniques; in 1967 still at the Studio Bentivoglio he presented the performance entitled "The filter and welcome to the angel" with a reference to the work of Pino Pascali.
It soon became one of the protagonists of Arte Povera.
Among the materials most used by Calzolari we find ice, margarine, melted lead, neon lettering, metallic, organic and natural materials, malleable, with a preference for the relationships that imply the concept of transformation and adding to the physical objects the sound as a temporal experience.
In the movement of Arte Povera his work stands out for the poetic and literary with actions at the limit of performance (Song suspended, 1973).
He was present at the Venice Biennale in the years 1978, 1980 and 1990. In 1992 he was at Documenta IX in Kassel.
In the Eighties he returned to traditional pictorial works with abstractions of metaphysical and existential matrix, which had already been previously presented together with affective dimensions.
In 1994 he was dedicated an important retrospective by the National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume in Paris and to the Castello di Rivoli in Turin.