About The Work
Drawing is the starting point for Mario Merz’s work. As he himself relates: “I’m the boy that used to go out into the fields hoping to bring home a drawing without having to imitate nineteenth-century landscape. The boy who drew the feelings that nature inspired.” Merz sees drawing as being the most suitable means, as well as the most intimate. The recurrence of forms which all lead back to the spiral, such as the triangle, cone, vortex, and organic elements such as snails, branches, leaves, pine cones, canes, is connected to the same series of Fibonacci, a numeric transcription of a figure which, starting from zero, expands infinitely in a spiral development.
Mario Merz (Milan, 1925 – 2003).
He was one of the most renowned artists of the ‘Arte Povera’ movement. His work has been collected by museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tate Modern, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. The numerous honours and prizes received during the course of his career increased in October 2003 with the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture from the Japan Art Association. Through his works, he investigated the relationship between the biological world and the human, also representing - through the use of the numerals and the figure of a spiral - the Fibonacci formula of mathematical progression in order to transmit the concept visually.
Founded in 1975 by Giorgio Persano, who collaborated with and supported artists from arte povera to minimal and conceptual art. Today, the gallery shows works by these established artists alongside a selection works by young artists from the international scene. These young artists are connected by an interest in exploring their own cultural roots. In this way, the gallery intends to document and give visibility to a variety of experiences that are tied to the personal history and culture of the artist specifically, as well as experiences that are deeply rooted in the wider cultural context.