Germano Celant: Arte Povera
9 min | Feature
During the 1960s, profound social and political changes took place in Italy; the city of Turin, in particular, is the scene of great transformations and takes part in the epochal turning point in an atmosphere animated by strong contradictions.
In 1961, the city exceeds one million inhabitants, becoming one of the largest industrial centers in Italy.
The economic boom is however followed by social tensions: in factories, workers are fighting for wage adjustments, finding valuable allies in students, who demand the right to study for all social strata.
This desire for renewal favors an unprecedented cultural ferment, which leads to the birth of a new front of intellectuals and artists.