The art of Marisa Merz

Since the 1960s, Marisa Merz (Turin, 1926) has always insisted on the importance of the making, by using traditional female techniques such as sewing and weaving in relation to the most diverse media like drawing, painting and installation art.

Altalena per Bea, 1968
Wood, iron
Photo: Andrea Guermani
Courtesy of the artist

The sole female exponent of the Arte Povera movement, Merz has been a protagonist of the Italian art scene since the 1960s. She has participated to historical exhibitions such as Arte Povera + Azioni Povere curated by Germano Celant at the Arsenali in Amalfi (1968).
On that occasion, Merz exhibited works realized with rolled up blankets held together with copper wire or scotch tape and objects relating to the childhood of her daughter Beatrice with nylon and wool threads.

The sole female exponent of the Arte Povera movement, Merz has been a protagonist of the Italian art scene since the 1960s.

The recent exhibition titled Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space was organized by the Metropolitan Breuer in New York and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Merz Foundation (2017).
Amongst her recent solo exhibitions are those at Macro, Rome (2016, with Mario Merz), Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples (2007), Kunstmuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland (2003), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1996) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1994).

Untitled
Mixed media on cardboard
Photo: Renato Ghiazza
Courtesy of the artist

Untitled, 1984
Mixed media on canvas
Photo: Renato Ghiazza
Courtesy of the artist

Winner of the Leone d'Oro alla carriera (2013), Merz has participated to numerous international exhibitions and biennials such as the Venice Biennale (2013, 2001, 1986, 1980, 1976; 1972) and dOCUMENTA (1992; 1982).

Opening photo: Untitled, 1975
Filo di rame
Photo: Renato Ghiazza
Courtesy Fondazione Merz