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Michelangelo Pistoletto

Two Less One, Italy, 2009

Mirror, golden and black wood Two elements 180/120 cm each

Courtesy of Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / La Moulin

“The mirror offers its surface to physical life, as a witness to its unlimited extent in space and time” says Michelangelo Pistoletto. When the mirror is shattered its reflective power is not lost, it is multiplied, as many times there are fragments. As in fractals, every mirror shard, regardless its size preserves the properties of the large mirror, which reflects the totality of that which exists. “Every broken mirror painting is therefore a document of an event marking a precise moment in the flow of time. The black coating that appears behind the shattered mirror suggests the dark void that contains the lights of the firmament. It appears also, however, as a black hole that swallows those lights in order to expel them again in a new explosion. One mirror remains intact, in reference to the seed of the unending regeneration of light and life.”