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MARIO MERZ

HALL 2.0

STAND F16

(1925-2003, Milan)

This artwork is the scale model for a piece that was supposed to be presented at the artist's solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Nagoya in 1988. Mario Merz concept of living and nature develops into the iconic shape of his Igloo which represents the primordial human condition of life on earth.

Mario Merz has been represented by Christian Stein since 1967.

On view: Mario Merz - Galleria Christian Stein, Milan 2022

Mario Merz is one of the most influential artists of his generation. As a pioneer of the Arte Povera movement, his work is characterized by a close connection with nature and life. Merz often juxtaposed the organic and inorganic, exploring experiences of life and humanity. Ideas regarding infinity and repetition are also central to his work, and he is perhaps most famous for his igloo constructions and his fascination with the Fibonacci sequence (the mathematical formula for growth patterns found in many forms of life).


His work can be found in numerous important collections worldwide, including:

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pinault Collection, Paris; La Galleria Nazionale, Roma; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Art Institute of Chicago; ARTIST ROOMS, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate; Dia Art Foundation; La Caixa Contemporary Art Collection; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Herbert Foundation, Gent; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Castello di Rivoli, Turin.

Untitled, 1988, glass, steel and metal mesh, cm.h. 37x160x65

Provenance: the artist

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