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from 06 FEB 1999 to 28 MAR 1999

Mario Merz (Milan, 1925) is one of the best-known Italian artists from the second half of the 20th century. Mario Merz initiated his work in the 1950s, on an autodidactic basis. The turning point in his career was his participation in the first exhibition of Arte Povera curated by Germano Celant in 1967. His work consists in continuous experimentation with materials taken from nature, or commonplace objects, often illuminated by neon phrases or bars. Since 1968 he has raised a series of questions related to the structure of the igloo, as a primary and archetypal construction, and has produced various igloos in a wide array of materials – including earth, stones, glass fragments and bundles of sticks. From 1970 onwards, he has pursued various lines of investigation on the basis of Fibonacci’s numerical progressions. Merz adopts these progressions as symbols of the energy that can be found throughout nature. In 1976, he used the figure of the spiral, another emblematic image, that he produced by means of tubular structures made of iron, glass and other materials. At the end of the 1970s, he returned to a set of patterns that were reminiscent of his initial pictorial works, drawing large-scale animas with an archaic appearance, which are included within free canvases that form part of his installations. 
This exhibition stimulates a dialogue between the symmetries and asymmetries between the house’s space and Merz’s works, contrasting his spiral structures with the geometry of the architectural space, which is questioned by means of application of Fibonacci’s numerical series and by the neon lights that proliferate within his work, together with the spatial relationship between the exhibition spaces and the spectators’ itineraries therein.

Curator: Vicente Todolí

  • Days 06 FEB 1999 - 28 MAR 1999

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