Alighiero Boetti

Alighiero E Boetti (1940"1994) was one of the most important and influential Italian artists of the 20th century.

Alighiero Boetti, Aerei, 1978 © DACS 2011

Alighiero Boetti, Aerei, 1978

He was a key member of the Arte Povera group of young Italian artists in the late 1960s which was working in radically new ways using simple materials. This will be the first solo show by an Arte Povera artist at Tate Modern. Boetti used industrial materials associated with Turin's booming economy and later made works using postage stamps, biro pens, and magazine covers.His work engaged with the changing geopolitical situation of his time, much of it made on his travels to places such as Ethiopia, Guatemala and Afghanistan. Between 1971 and 1979 he set up a hotel in Kabul as an art project and created large colourful embroideries. The most famous of these were the Mappa, world maps in which each country features the design of its national flag. Highlights include works never seen in the UK such as the iconic Self-Portrait 1993, a life-size bronze cast of the artist hosing his head with a jet of water.

Venue details

Tate Modern Bankside London SE1 9TG 020 7887 8888

Entry details

£5.50 with National Art Pass (full price £11)

Sunday to Thursday, 10am - 6pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am - 10pm.

Last admission into exhibitions 5.15pm (Friday and Saturday 9.15pm)

Book via the Tate Modern website or call 020 7887 8888

What the critics say


the Han emperors, dreaming of eternal power, left a fragile legacy of lasting beauty.

  • Jackie Wullschlager
  • FT


The series of 100 etchings that make up Picasso's Vollard Suite is at once among the artist's best- and least-known works of art.


Writing Britain is a resonant exhibition that makes efforts to broaden our concept of British "space" beyond conventional notions of landscape


The journey begins with Rural Dreams, continuing via the Industrial Muse, Wild Places and Waterlands to Cockney Visions and Beyond the City.


Once you've seen this show, I guarantee you will never think about the Renaissance in quite the same way again.