ANNA SALMANE


  1. PIERO MANZONI'S ARGUMENT, 2010
    Photograph, jar, artist's breath

    The jar of Italian artist Piero Manzoni's (1933-1963) breath has been in our
    family since 1960 when my father's uncle Latvian stage designer Edvards
    Vārdaunis (1910-1999) had the rare opportunity to leave the Soviet Union for
    a visit to Italy. On 21 July, while sightseeing in Milan, he came across Manzoni
    realizing his most famous manifestation: "Consumption of dynamic art by the
    art-devouring public". Vārdaunis was bewildered by the manifestation so once it
    had come to an end, he engaged in conversation with Manzoni. The two artists
    had a lengthy discussion about the meaning and purpose of art. In the end
    Manzoni took the jar and exhaled his final argument into it, gave it to Vārdaunis
    and told him to think about it.


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