Michelangelo Pistoletto is one of the most important protagonists of the Arte Povera mouvement. He gained international recognition with his “Mirror Paintings” in which life-size images of the human figure, usually shown in arrested action, were applied to a polished stainless-steel back-ground as if it were a canvas. Breaking down traditional notions of figurative art, these works reflected the surroundings and the spectator and so made them part of the work, linking art and life, the past and the present in an ever-changing spectacle. In 1965, he began his series Minus Objects, furniture-like sculptures that, instead of being yet more objects in a commodity-obsessed society, offered rewarding psychological and physical experiences for each individual viewer. In 1998 Pistoletto founded in Biella Italy, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, a center for the study and promotion of creative activity.