Soncino, 1933 - Milan, 1963

Considered by many Duchamp's heir, Piero Manzoni was born near Cremona, but grew up in Milan where he attended the Faculty of Law. His passion for art came from the meeting with Lucio Fontana. A very short but very intense career: in 1956 his artistic debut, in 1958 his first important works, in 1959 he founded the magazine and the homonymous gallery "Azimuth", with Castellani and Bonalumi, where he invited the public to consume boiled eggs signed with the imprint of his thumb. Since January 1961 he started signing human bodies, so transformed into living sculptures. In February 1963 he died suddenly, he was 29. Despite his short career, Manzoni's artistic legacy immediately enters the myth.