The italian collection


23.03.19 – 08.09.19

The Italian collection is the cornerstone of HEART and widely regarded as one of Northern Europe’s most important collections of Italian art created by the post-war generation.

Ever since the artists Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani stayed and worked in Herning in the 1960s, this part of the collection has grown steadily larger, augmented by purchases, collaborations and donations. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Nanda Vigo, Paolo Scheggi and Lucio Fontana have been added to the collection over the years. Constantly expanding, the collection is also much in demand elsewhere, prompting many loans.

At present, some of the museum’s works by Piero Manzoni are on loan in New York and Los Angeles. In this exhibition, you will find a selection of iconic works from HEART’s Italian collection, including Piero Manzoni’s Merde d’artiste (Artist’s Shit), 1961, and Enrico Castellani’s nail-based work Superficie (Surface), 1961.