Alighiero e Sauzeau Boetti

April 17, 2021

Magazzino Italian Art presents a four-part lecture series Arte Povera: Art of Collaboration curated by 2020-21 Magazzino Scholar-in-Residence Teresa Kittler.

In the third lecture, Alighiero e Sauzeau Boetti, Dr. Teresa Kittler reflects on Boetti’s approach, paying close attention to his relationship with his wife, the feminist art critic, Sauzeau-Boetti. Kittler examines Sauzeau-Boetti’s longstanding contribution to the research and aesthetic decisions made by Boetti throughout the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on work explicitly co-authored with her (Classifying the thousand longest rivers in the world (1977)), as well as more informal contributions by Sauzeau-Boetti to underscore their artistic exchange and ‘partnership’, the term she used to describe her relationship with the artist. late 1960s, Boetti’s practice became preoccupied with concepts of duality and collaboration. Early in his career, he rechristened himself Alighiero e Boetti, doubling his identity whilst establishing dialogue and exchange as a pillar of his creative process as for example with Afghan embroiderers on series such as Mappe.

About Teresa Kittler

Teresa Kittler is a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of York. Her research focuses on artistic practices since 1945 with a special interest in Italian postwar art. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the British Academy, Leverhulme, the British School at Rome and the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA). Her work has been published by Oxford Art Journal, Bloomsbury and Peter Lang, amongst others. She has written on Marisa Merz for catalogues accompanying the exhibitions: Marisa Merz The Sky is a Great Place (Los Angeles Hammer Museum & Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017) and Entrare Nell’Opera (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, 2019) and on Carla Accardi for the catalogue accompanying Senza Margine at the MAXXI (2021). She has also worked as Assistant Curator for the 10 Gwangju Biennale (2014) and as a curatorial assistant for Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (Tate Modern, 2012).