Mario Merz | the artist




The artist Mario Merz
Born Jan 1 1925, Milan, Italy.
Died Nov 9 2003 Turin.

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Merz and his colleagues, who included his wife Marisa, used ordinary, “poor” materials, both natural and manufactured, to create the most poetic, extraordinary effects. Their work gained international prominence in the late 1960s, partly thanks to the efforts of the indefatigable critic Germano Celant. Merz developed a repertoire of imagery on which he was to draw throughout the rest of his career, culminating this year in the installation of his trademark neon tubes among the ruins of the Imperial Forums in Rome. Arranged in spiralling patterns derived from the Fibonacci number sequence, the lights expressed Merz’s almost mystical views of the universe’s underlying structure – the geometry governing both the natural and human worlds. By this time Merz had himself become something of an artistic monument, notably as the subject of an atmospheric film, Mario Merz (2002), by the British artist Tacita Dean…
Biography and work.
The Fondazione Merz was founded on April 2005, to hold the collection of works by Mario Merz, a heritage of inestimable historic worth, with the aim of conserving and safeguarding it and making it accessible and comprehensible to an ever-larger public. At the same time, its intentions are to support the study, research and promotion of initiatives associated with contemporary art and culture.
A major figure in the Arte Povera movement, the Italian artist Mario Merzís work combines a fascination with the material and metaphorical qualities of natural objects with ideas regarding infinity and repetition. Much of his work was based around the Fibonacci sequence, a formula often used to express mathematical sequences in nature…
Mario Merzís work is an occasionnal work, conceived in homage to the French revolution in occasion of its bicentenary. However, it is not a commemoration, even symbolic; there is no trace of the revolutionary spirit except in the ubiquitous energy of the neon writing:…


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