Alighiero Boetti (also known as Alighiero e Boetti) (1940 – 1994)

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Boetti, Microphone

1965 Ink and pencil on paper 27 x 38″ (68.6 x 96.5 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Boetti was an Italian artist, known for his involvement in the Arte Povera movement. Boetti is possibly best known for his embroidered world maps. The artist changed his name by adding an ‘e’ in between his first and surname to allude to idea that he had not one, but two selves.

Boetti, Invitation

1967 Fabric, plexiglass, cork, synthetic polymer tubing, fiber-cement board, metal, plywood, electric wire, and ballpoint pen on printed paper 9 3/4 x 8 1/4″ (24.8 x 21 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Boetti, Woman by Window

Femmina Maschio
1972 Typewriting on cut-and-pasted paper with pencil on two pieces of paper, (each): 15 3/4 x 11 7/8″ (40 x 30.2 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Boetti, Untitled

1974 Cut-and-pasted printed paper, pencil, and stamped ink on paper 19 3/8 x 27 5/8″ (49.2 x 70.1 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Boetti, Primavera

1977 Cut-and-pasted painted board with cut-and-pasted gelatin silver print and pencil on paperboard 39 3/4 x 28″ (101 x 71.1 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

At the age of twenty, Boetti decided to move to Paris, where he studied engraving. Around the same time period Boeti married Annemarie Sauzeau, with whom he later had two children. In Paris, Boetti created a body of work form nontraditional materials including plaster, light fixtures, industrial supplies and plexiglass. Boetti continued to work alongside Italian artists and exhibited in Genoa with the Arte Povera group (povera meaning poor). Boetti was also an avid traveler who adventured to Afghanistan and Pakistan several times before the Soviet invasion of 1979.

Boetti, Dicembre

1983 Pencil on paper on canvas 39 1/8 x 50″ (99.4 x 127 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Boetti, Map of the World

Map of the World
1989 Embroidery on fabric 46 1/4″ x 7′ 3 3/4″ x 2″ (117.5 x 227.7 x 5.1 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NY

Boetti, The Silence of Gold

The Silence of Gold
Handmade embroidery on flax 17.5 x 18 cm

Boetti left the Arte Povera group during the 1970s and began exhibiting as “Alighiero e Boetti”. The duality in his name was a reflection of the dualities he found in society, such as “order and disorder” or “mixed but not mixed”. Boetti also began collaborating with friends who were not necessarily artists, allowing them to work on his large pen drawings.


pen on paper 100 x 140 cm

Boetti, Non Parto Non Resto

Non Parto Non Resto
Watercolor on Paper 19,4 x 19 cm

Boetti’s work and reputation spread internationally, during the 1970s and 80s. Boetti is now in major art collections around the world. Do you think you own a piece by Alighiero e Boetti? Contact us. We are the Boetti experts.