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date: 05 April 2020

Merz family(ii)locked

  • Renato Barilli
  •  and Matthew Gale


Italian artists. (1) Mario Merz and his wife, (2) Marisa Merz met while studying in Turin in the 1950s. Both are associated with the development of Arte povera, and at times they collaborated on works.

(b Milan, Jan 1, 1925; d Milan, Nov 9, 2003).

Sculptor and painter. He began work as a painter in Turin during the 1950s in the then dominant style of Art informel. Analysing, on a macroscopic scale, certain natural phenomena such as the leaves of plants, he aimed to expose their essential structure and in so doing created paintings containing spirals and parabolic lines within a ‘picturesque’ network, for example Seed in the Wind (1953; priv. col., see 1983 exh. cat., p. 27). He also addressed himself to the human image, as in The Welder (1956; Turin, Gal. Civ. A. Mod.). After experiencing a crisis in his work during the early 1960s, from ...

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