Two iron beams separated by a sea sponge constitute Respiro (Breathing), 1969, a work that brings into proximity a natural, soft, elastic element and a heavy, compact, industrial product. The work is created by the energy that is liberated from the encounter between the two materials; variations in temperature produce minor alterations in the dimensions of the iron beams, which then modify the shape of the sponge.


  • Title: Breathing
  • Creator: Giovanni Anselmo
  • Date Created: 1969
  • Location Created: Rivoli, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 elements, 5 1/8 x 185 1/16 x 2 3/8 in. each,
  • Rights: Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino on loan from Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT

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