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Making of Mario Merz, Catalogue Raisonné Volume One: The Igloos.

2 years ago

It was 2005 when, following Mario Merz‘s will, the Fondazione Merz inaugurated its new exhibition spaces: a 1930 industrial building, formerly a heating plant of the nearby Lancia factory, which had been preserved and renovated to become a new Center for Contemporary Art.

Ten years ago, the Fondazione was founded to host exhibitions, events and educational activities, and to promote art research and studies, while pursuing its scope of showcasing Mario Merz’s work—an artistic legacy of inestimable historic value—making it accessible and understandable to a wider public. From the very beginning the Fondazione has also supported the research work carried out by theArchivio Merz. Now, ten years later, the Fondazione is celebrating its birthday with a year filled with important exhibitions and initiatives.

On this occasion Fondazione Merz has also announced that they’ve completed the research work preceding the publication of the first volume of the catalogue raisonné of Mario Merz’s body of work.

Entirely devoted to the Igloo works, this first volume will be issued in the fall of 2016.

It will be published and edited by Fondazione Merz with the support of its Scientific Committee, whose members are Beatrice Merz, Richard Flood, Frances Morris and Vicente Todolì, and the Merz Archive’s members Mariano Boggia and Luisa Borio. Art historian and researcher Maddalena Disch has carried out the catalogue research and curated the entries.

The publication, consisting of about 550 pages with 300 images, features an introductory text by the Scientific Committee and a critical essay by Maddalena Disch. All works are presented with technical descriptions, historical and bibliographical references, as well as detailed bibliographic references and an exhaustive photographic selection. The volume comprises an anthology of the artist’s writings and excerpts of interviews regarding the works featured in the publication.

Elena Scarpa

  • Photo by Michele D'Ottavio. © Archivio fotografico della Città di Torino e di Turismo Torino e Provincia Photo by Michele D'Ottavio. © Archivio fotografico della Città di Torino e di Turismo Torino e Provincia
  • Mario Merz at The Warehouse Dallas Mario Merz at The Warehouse Dallas