Lot 139
  • 139

Alighiero Boetti

250,000 - 350,000 USD
382,000 USD
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  • Alighiero Boetti
  • Mettere I Verbi All'Infinito
  • blue ballpoint pen on lined paper mounted to 3 joined canvases
  • 39 3/8 by 81 1/2 in. 100 by 207 cm.
  • Executed in 1978.


Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner in September 1989


Ravenna, Loggetta Lombardesca-Pinacoteca Comunale, Alighiero Boetti, December 1984 - February 1985, cat. no. 7, pp. 44-45, illustrated


Bernard Blistène, "Fontana Burri Manzoni e l'Arte Povera: La Mauvaise Question," Artstudio, No. 13, Summer 1989, p. 27, illustrated
Martina De Luca and Massimo Mininni, Eds., Alighiero e Boetti, Ravenna 1990, cat. no. 46, p. 55
Mark Kremer, "Lightness as a Weapon. On the Work of Alighiero e Boetti," Archis, No. 2, February 1995, p. 71, illustrated
Lara Vinca Masini, Arte Contemporanea. La Linea del Modello. Arte Come Progetto del Mondo, Florence 1996, fig. 3163, p. 617, illustrated
Jean-Christophe Ammann, Alighiero Boetti, Catalogo Generale, Tomo Secondo: Opere 1972-1979, Milan 2012, cat. no. 951, p. 287, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"In effect, there are five senses, and thought is the sixth. That is the most important thing that humankind possesses...if I were to tell you the great emotions and feelings of my life, I'd have to confess that none of them have been stirred by Nature. A petal, a butterfly, a sunset–these can all be beautiful. However, in my opinion, the great emotions come from listening to a work by Mozart, from reading a poem. Because in those there is thought made up of thousands of coincidences, synchronicities [and] memories."

Alighiero Boetti