This catalogue embodies the entire creative career of Marisa
Merz (1926-2019), the only female artist from Arte
Povera. Commissioned texts and selection of her most iconic
works accentuate a recurrent theme in the artist's work: the exploration
of the face and the human figure.
Published on the occasion of Marisa Merz's exhibition at MASI (Lugano,
Switzerland), Marisa Merz: Geometrie sconnesse palpiti geometrici
takes its name from a phrase by the artist written on a wall in her
studio, and is the result of the precious collaboration between Collezione
Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati (Lugano) and Fondazione Merz (Turin).
Embracing all the expressive modalities explored by the artist—from
drawings to unfired clay sculptures, from copper and nylon weavings to
objects transmuted into wax— and with texts by Ester Coen, Douglas Fogle,
and Beatrice Merz, the book follows and highlights the pivotal
theme that recurs in the artist's work: her exploration of the face and
the figure in general. Traces of a complex, philosophical thought, they're
the products of an almost obsessively cadenced superimposition of visual
marks and materials.
“With a simple gestures, Marisa draws a space, marks a place, alludes to
its transparency, discovers the direction, and etches her passage into the
very short breath of a vacuum that she fills with incommensurable meaning.
A shoe, a net whose mesh captures the time and the moment, the material
present in the fragment of impulses of the living, in the pattern of a
notion of lightness and strenght.”—Ester Coen
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at MASI – Museo
d'arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, from September 22, 2019, to
January 12, 2020.
Artist Marisa Merz (1926-2019) is the only female exponent of the Arte
Povera group and one of the most outstanding protagonists of the
1960s Italian art scene.