The Tutto series is among the last group of works conceived by Boetti. The series expresses a recurring theme in the artist’s career: the duality of order and disorder. Upon closer inspection, the colorful cacophony of forms depicted in the embroidery reveals a wide range of images, signs, and symbols. As in many of Boetti’s works, these forms invite the viewer to become visually involved in the work of art.
The artist explained the collaborative process of creation for Tutto: “I asked my assistants to draw everything, every possible shape, abstract or figurative, and to amalgamate them until the paper sheet was saturated. Then I took the drawing to Afghanistan to get it embroidered...The different colors of each shape are chosen by the women. In order to avoid establishing any hierarchy among the colors, I use them all. My concern is to avoid making choices according to my taste and to invent systems that they will then choose on my behalf.”


  • Title: Everything
  • Creator: Alighiero Boetti
  • Creator Lifespan: (1940 – 1994)
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Date Created: 1988
  • Physical Dimensions: h 72.4, w 121.9 cm
  • Rights: Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art Foundation
  • Medium: Embroidery on fabric

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