Giovanni Anselmo was born in Borgofranco d’Ivrea, Italy, in 1934. He lives and works in Turin and Stromboli.
His work falls within the scope of the Arte Povera movement and consists mainly of installations that reveal the potential presence of the invisible in the visible. Through the juxtaposition of materials and objects with contrasting qualities, his works make the inherent energy of matter manifest. Anselmo’s work combines organic and inorganic materials to pose metaphysical questions for the viewer. “I, the world, things, life—we are points of energy, and it is not as necessary to crystallize these points as it is to keep them open and alive”.
Solo shows devoted to Giovanni Anselmo’s works have been held at prestigious institutions such as Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2013), Modern and Contemporary art Gallery, Bologna (2006), S.M.A.K, Ghent (2005), Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2004), Atelier del Bosco, Villa Medici, Academie de France à Rome, Rome (2001), Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago (1997), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice (1996), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela (1995), Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, Parigi (1985), Musèe de Grenoble, Grenoble (1980), Kunsthalle, Basel (1979), Kunstmuseum, Luzern (1973). He partecipated at XXII Bienal Internacional in Saint Paul in 1994, Biennale D’arte in Venice in 1972, 1978 and 1980, Documenta V in 1972 and Documenta VII in 1982. In 1990 he received the Leone d’Oro for painting at Venice Biennale.