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Via Davide Bertolotti 2, 10121 Marisa Merz

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Artist: Marisa Merz

Two simultaneous exhibitions at Galleria Giorgio Persano and Galleria Tucci Russo

“It is a face but its appearance
Is through spaces places of geometry,
boundaries of reliefs – luminous voids,
points of encounters that are distant between
but coincidental for“

Marisa Merz


Artworks

Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Marisa Merz

UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Mixed media on Japanese paper on cardboard

66 × 92 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Marisa Merz

UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Mixed media on paper

70 × 100 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, Undated

Mixed media on paper

99.5 × 70 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, Undated

Unfired clay, gold, plastic, copper disc

20 × 14 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, Undated

Mixed media on canvas

25 × 35 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, Undated

Unfired clay, ink, paraffin

8.5 × 13 × 14.5 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, 2010

Mixed media on paper

150 × 250 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Marisa Merz

UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Mixed media on Japanese paper

64.5 × 98.5 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Marisa Merz

UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Mixed media paper

70.5 × 100 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Marisa Merz, UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Marisa Merz

UNTITLED, 2002/2003

Mixed media paper

70.5 × 100 cm

Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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Installation Views

Installation image for Marisa Merz, at Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea Installation image for Marisa Merz, at Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea Installation image for Marisa Merz, at Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea Installation image for Marisa Merz, at Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea Installation image for Marisa Merz, at Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea Installation image for Marisa Merz, at Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea

Two exhibitions, a single tribute to Marisa Merz. A selection of works, chosen for the occasion with the collaboration of Fondazione Merz, highlight the artist’s work on the elaboration of faces on ‘figures’. A theme, for the artist, that was not merely recurring but almost obsessive.

On display are large and small drawings on paper and on canvas, accompanied side by side by small clay sculptures; elements that go to form a philosophical and complex system of thinking in which faces or figures are realised through the superimposition of signs and materials, by means of an original form, refined over the years with rigour and vision. 

Marisa Merz’s work is the revelation of a self, a succession of unknown and transfigured but profoundly real faces. 

Marisa Merz (Turin, 1926 - 2019). A major exponent of the Italian art scene since the 1960s, Marisa Merz stood out for having followed her own personal and independent artistic path. Her solo shows in museums include major exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou - Paris (1994); Kunstmuseum Winterthur (1995 and 2003); Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam (1996); Galleria d’Arte Moderna Villa delle Rose - Bologna (1998); Museo MADRE - Naples (2007); Centre international d’art et du paysage - Ile de Vassivière (2010); Fondazione Querini Stampalia - Venice (2011); Fondazione Merz - Turin (2012); Serpentine Gallery - London (2013); Macro Museo d’Arte Contemporanea - Rome (2016). More recently, a solo show of her work called The Sky Is a Great Space was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York and at the Hammer Museum - Los Angeles, in 2017, and then at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art - Porto, and the Museum der Moderne - Salzburg, in 2018; Marisa Merz. Geometrie sconnesse palpiti geometrici at the MASI - Lugano, followed in 2019 and Marisa and Mario Merz. A pencil point can surpass consciousness at the Fondazione Merz - Turin, in 2021. After taking part in several editions of the Venice Biennale since 1972, she was awarded the Special Jury Prize in 2001 and in 2013 she was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Marisa Merz at TUCCI RUSSO Chambres d’Art, Turin Courtesy Fondazione Merz and TUCCI RUSSO Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice / Turin. Photo © Archivio fotografico TUCCI RUSSO

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