Milite Ignoto [Unknown Soldier] (1968)
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  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Milite Ignoto [Unknown Soldier] (1968)


circa 1968

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 12 digital files (16 MB)
    10 photographic materials
    1 drawing
Scope and content:
This project series documents Pettena's installation entitled "Milite Ignoto". This project is the second of a series of three installations created in 1968 which consisted of large three-dimensional letters, forming words, and made of perishable materials that slowly disintegrated once exposed to the elements. The words "Milite Ignoto" of this installation refers to "another stereotype, typical of hypocritical rhetoric and the ceremonies staged by politicians and generals." [1] This installation was presented outside the Palazzo dei Diamanti, in Ferrara.

The project series contains installation photographs of the finished project at the Palazzo dei Diamanti, a drawing of the installation, photographs of a later model of the cardboard word, and project descriptions in English and in Italian.

[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/inst-unknown-soldier-1968/ (last accessed 30 October 2019)
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Ferrara Italy

Related units of description:
  • This project is part of a series of three projects undertaken in the same year. See also AP207.S1.1968.PR02 Carabinieri [Carabiniers] (1968) and AP207.S1.1968.PR04 Grazia & Giustizia [Grace & Justice] (1968).

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