Mario Merz: Evidenza di 987

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Open: Wed-Sun 10.30am-1pm, 3-7pm

Via Stamperia, 9, IT-10066, Torre Pellice (Turin), Italy
Open: Wed-Sun 10.30am-1pm, 3-7pm


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Mario Merz: Evidenza di 987

Torre Pellice (Turin)

Mario Merz: Evidenza di 987
to Sun 31 Jul 2022
Wed-Sun 10.30am-1pm, 3-7pm

Artworks

Evidenza di 987, 1978

Igloo: metal structure, clamps, glass, car door Canvas: mixed media on canvas, branches
210 x 1730 x 600 cm
Courtesy Fondazione Merz, Turin, and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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La casa abbandonata, 1977-1983

Mixed media on paper on canvas, wood, bundle of sticks
285 x 230 x 179 cm
Courtesy TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Senza Titolo, 1977

Acrylic paint, clay and snail shell on canvas
152 x 147 cm
Courtesy private collection and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Lumaca Spirale, 1976

Snail shell, clay, charcoal on canvas. Fibonacci’s series from 1 to 144
270 x 500 cm
Courtesy TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Senza Titolo, Undated

Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden panel
180 x 250 cm
Courtesy Fondazione Merz, Turin, and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Senza Titolo, 1966

Iron table with glass top, neon, pierced glass, ivy, transformer, electrical cables
Work installed 95 x 102 x 72 cm approx.
Courtesy private collection and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Senza Titolo, 1956

Oil on canvas
101 x 70 cm
Courtesy TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Madame de Lafayette, 1988

Mixed media on paper on wooden structure, newspapers, taxidermized reptile, neon, clay
340 x 300 x 75 cm
Courtesy Fondazione Merz, Turin, and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Lance, 1966

Plexiglas, wood
266 x 76 x 41 cm
Courtesy private collection and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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8 case, 1981/1982

Oil painting, acrylic and charcoal on canvas
240 x 492.8 cm
Courtesy TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Biliardo, 1981

Mixed media on canvas, neon
Work installed 250 x 600 cm
Courtesy TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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The Tenant Next Door

When I moved from my first site in Via Fratelli Calandra in Turin to Mulino Feyles, I had the feeling that something would change in my approach to art. The new location offered the opportunity to create a cohabitation between artist and gallery owner, a sort of umbilical cord that would last for fifteen years, on the same floor – the third – of Corso Tassoni 56.

I knew that Mario and Marisa Merz were looking for a studio, and Mulino Feyles, with its ample space, satisfied the needs of both the gallery and them. An almost daily dialogue of growth, enthusiasm and conflict matured, allowing for a series of epoch-making exhibitions of great intensity and visual impact.

Thus, in 1976, Tavolo a spirale per festino di giornali datati il giorno del festino was born, an installation with a spiral table and bundles of fruit and vegetables, inserted between packs of newspapers separated by glass and a sequence of neon numbers from one to 10946 from the Fibonacci series. It represented a strong image that was both pictorial and sculptural at the same time.

In 1978 we produced Evidenza di 987, to which the title of the ongoing exhibition refers. For the first time, the large igloo with a diameter of six metres enabled visitors to go inside and, thanks to the transparency, see the glass panes resting on the structure and the red car door visually projected onto the wall canvas that contained traces of paint together with some tree branches resting on the canvas itself. “The total art of a nomadic artist”, as Harald Szeemann had written, became concrete.

Dear Mario,

this exhibition is intended as a testimony to that privileged collaboration with you as an artist and friend.

Antonio Tucci Russo
Torre Pellice, March 2022

We would like to thank the Fondazione Merz and the private collections for their loans.

Mario Merz. Evidenza di 987 at TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice. Courtesy TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO


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