Venus of the Rags

(1967)

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italian, b. Biella, 1933

Plaster and fabric, plaster figure: 65 x 22 x 24 1/4 in. (165.1 x 55.9 x 61.6 cm) rags: dimensions variable

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund, 1999

Accession Number: 99.24

Provenance:
The artist
Sold through Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, 20 October 1999
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund, 1999

Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century," 7 October 1999-17 January 2000, no. 45, ill. p. 43. Tour: HAUS DER KUNST, Munich, 11 February-30 April.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present," 18 April-8 September 2013, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection," 9 June 2016-6 August 2017, no cat.

Published References:
UNSIGNED. "Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century," exhibition brochure (Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1999), ill.
FEAVER, WILLIAM. "Reawakening Beauty," Art News (October 1999), ill. p. 216.
UNSIGNED. "Different Hues, Views of Beauty," Washington Times (9 October 1999), p. D3.
UNSIGNED. "Museum Acquisitions: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC," The Art Newspaper 101 (March 2000), p. 30.
UNSIGNED. "Pistoletto, Codice inverso," GIOIA (April 2001), ill.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection