Definition of Arte Povera in English:

Arte Povera


  • [mass noun] An artistic movement that originated in Italy in the 1960s, combining aspects of conceptual, minimalist, and performance art, and making use of worthless or common materials such as earth or newspaper, in the hope of subverting the commercialization of art.

    • ‘If anything, Arte Povera distinguishes itself as the most poignant of all minimal and conceptual art movements and Anselmo is no exception.’
    • ‘Penone explains that he himself had no intention of ‘becoming’ an Arte Povera artist - although he knew artists of that ilk - and that Celant's ideas did not influence him at all.’
    • ‘Whatever the medium or the method, Arte Povera remains quintessentially Italian.’
    • ‘What sort of works did the Arte Povera movement produce?’
    • ‘As opposed to endorsing a distinctive style, Arte Povera described a process of open-ended experimentation.’


1960s: Italian, literally impoverished art, from arte art + povera (feminine of povero needy).


Arte Povera

/ˌɑːteɪ ˈpɒvərə/