Image: Tom Thistlethwaite


Michelangelo Pistoletto

The Third Paradise:

The Labyrinth and the Well

9 July - 29 May 2016

For summer 2016, we are presenting a work by internationally-renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. The work features a labyrinth constructed from cardboard which leads to a mirror with a symbol laid out in coins.

In the symbol, the infinity sign's altered central loop represents The Third Paradise, while the two other loops are all the diversities, alongside nature and artifice. According to Pistoletto’s manifesto written in 2003, The Third Paradise seeks to reconcile the conflict between the first and second paradises of nature and human artifice. This conflict is leading toward global destruction but the third paradise offers a solution, a resolution that will save the planet and humanity. The Third Paradise will thus be the age of humanity where there will be balance between artifice and nature.

The Third Paradise exhibition is heavily linked to the activities of the Cittadellarte foundation started by Pistoletto, which aims to achieve full democracy through practice, whereby several organisations, private and public are being brought together to work on UN's goals towards sustainable development. Therefore, organisations have a direct and active impact that can be remodelled to be used by all types of networks and people. 

What is The Third Paradise?

Michelangelo Pistoletto was a leading light of the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s but his work has rarely been shown in the UK and we’re delighted to have this opportunity.