Marisa Merz

Geometrie sconnesse palpiti geometrici


The Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection inaugurates the autumn season with a prestigious monographic exhibition dedicated to an important exponent of Italian contemporary art, Marisa Merz, the only female exponent of the Arte Povera group and one of the most outstanding protagonists of the 1960s Italian art scene. The exhibition "Marisa Merz. Geometrie sconnesse palpiti geometrici", curated by Beatrice Merz and developed in collaboration with the Fondazione Merz, shows a selection of her most iconic works accentuates a recurrent theme in the artist's work: her research treating the face and especially the human figure.

Curated by Beatrice Merz

A project by Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati and Fondazione Merz

The exhibition project belongs to a series of initiatives dedicated to artists forming part of the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati. Covering more than fifty years of research this exhibition is composed of forty-five works which embody the entire creative career of Marisa Merz ranging from the drawing on different surface materials to sculpture in unbaked clay, from the weaving of copper wire and nylon to the objects transformed into wax in all of the artist’s diverse ways of expressing herself.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue (Italian/English) which includes an introductory text by Beatrice Merz, President of the Fondazione Merz, together with critical texts by the art historians Ester Coen and Douglas Fogle. The volume contains the colour reproductions of all the works exhibited together with the photographs of the exhibition layout. The catalogue is published by Mousse Publishing (Milan).

The Collection
Every year, together with the temporary exhibition, the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati proposes a selection of works from their collection not previously exhibited: these include the most important international artists of the Avantgardes of both the XX and XXI centuries. The essential constituent of the exhibition is an entire room dedicated to the leading exponents of Arte Povera with the intention of underlining the importance of the cultural context in which Marisa Merz found herself working at the beginning of her artistic career.

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  • Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati

  • Riva Caccia 1, 6900 Lugano
  • Presse conference
    Thursday 20 September, 2019
    11 am

    Saturday 21 September, 2019
    6 pm