But the works also have their fair dose of humor.
One work near the “Mona Lisa,” consists of mirror with an image of a tourist taking a photo.
“I’m also poking fun... I’m trying to say that people don’t look with their eyes any more, they just consume and take photos of the Mona Lisa because it’s famous. I’m trying to make people think,” Pistoletto said.
One of the strongest works is a marble statue of Venus, being pushed back by a gargantuan heap of rags. Pistoletto said it was a metaphor for how all the refuse in the world has cluttered and polluted nature.
“They’re secondhand rags, but they’re all very well washed,” he joked. “Don’t forget, this is the Louvre.”
Pistoletto’s “Year 1, Heaven on Earth” will run until Sept. 2.