Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994) was an Italian conceptual artist, considered to be a member of the art movement Arte Povera.
Boetti dropped out of business school to study art independently and formed close relationships with the artists Luciano Fabro and Michelangelo Pistoletto. He used a wide variety of materials for his work, including ballpoint pens, postal stamps 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.
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