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Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Serpentine Gallery

Michelangelo Pistoletto. Inginocchiatoio 2008. Mirror: 250 x 200 cm; wooden kneeling-stool: 99 x 50 x 49 cm. Courtesy of Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin. Photograph: Aurélien Mole. © 2011 Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Exhibition preview

THE MIRROR of Judgement, a new exhibition by leading Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, will be on display at the Serpentine Gallery from July 12 to September 17, 2011.

Pistoletto has devised a labyrinth specially for the Serpentine Gallery that guides visitors through a winding maze to discover a series of sculptural works. Pistoletto’s maze alters the viewers’ understanding of the architecture and makes each one a fundamental part of the work itself.

Winner of the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2003, Pistoletto is acclaimed worldwide as a key figure in the development of conceptual art and as a founder of the influential Arte Povera movement.

Throughout his career, Pistoletto has worked as a theorist and activist using art to inspire and produce social change. In 2004, he announced the most recent phase of his work, the Third Paradise, an imagined new level of human civilization.

The exhibition will include elements from the Third Paradise series and representations of four major religions; Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA