Today one of Italy’s most internationally acclaimed artists, Anselmo first emerged as part of the Arte Povera group during the second half of the 1960s while engaged in research aimed at highlighting the constant dialogue between the visible and the invisible. He was one of the first artists to be presented at the Castello di Rivoli when it opened in 1984. His visible materials are natural elements and industrial products, often seemingly modest—light projectors, magnetic needles, granite stone, photographs, dirt, and blocks of ultramarine blue—while his invisible materials include magnetic fields, gravitational force, and the surrounding space in which we happen to be. This makes Anselmo’s work as pertinent today as ever and of increasing interest to younger generations who have grown up in the age of immaterial virtuality.
Starting with the work Interferenza umana nella gravitazione universale (1969), Anselmo has put together a unique itinerary that enhances the building’s architectural flow and its orientation with respect to the apparent motion of the sun along the east-west axis. As part of this itinerary, which constitutes an entirely new installation, artworks are featured by the artist, including several important works from the past such as Particolare (Detail), 1972-2016, Il panorama con mano che lo indica (The panorama with hand indicating it), 1982-2016 and Mentre la terra si orienta (While the Earth finds its bearings), 1967-2016.