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MoMA: Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan

The late artist Alighiero Boetti is probably most well known for his series of embroidered maps of the world, "Mappa," that he designed and handed over to Afghan craftswomen to stitch, resulting in intricate and finely crafted pieces. Why, then, does this quote from the artist open the exhibition website: "First of all I prefer thought. This is the basic thing. I really think manual skill is secondary"? Read on about Boetti to discover that his work explored opposites: "order and disorder, duality and multiplicity, travel and geography, time and space, and intention and chance," resulting in the varied body of work in the exhibition, ranging from the embroideries to more conceptual pieces. Boetti expressed this duality in his artistic persona as well, often signing his work "Alighiero e Boetti," twinned personas representing his opposite sides.
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