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Marisa Merz

Geometrie sconnesse palpiti geometrici

In collaboration with Fondazione Merz


The Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati forms part of the Museum Circuit of the Art Museum of Italian Switzerland (MASI, Lugano). It's seat is next to the LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura - cultural centre and houses more than 200 works of outstanding artistic quality: more than 100 of these are on exhibit, ranging from the 1950s to the present day. The Giancarlo and Danna Contemporary Art Collection, the right of use of which was granted to the City of Lugano in 2012, proposes exhibitions that are always different. These are accompanied by temporary exhibitions which to a greater degree explore the work of the artists included in the collection.

The collectors believe that the City of Lugano, with the new MASI, resulting from the union of the two local museums, could become the natural successor of the entire collection. In tune with a tradition that is deep-rooted in Switzerland, the project builds a solid and constructive relationship between public institutions and private collectors.




From the 22nd of September to the 12th of January 2020 the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati is presenting the exhibition titled Marisa Merz. Geometrie sconnesse palpiti geometrici [Marisa Merz. Disconnected Geometries Geometrical Pulsations] dedicated to Marisa Merz – (Turin, 1926-2019), the only female exponent of the Arte Povera group and one of the most outstanding protagonists of the 1960s Italian art scene. A selection of her most iconic works accentuates a recurrent theme in the artist's work: her research treating the face and especially the human figure.

Covering more than fifty years of research this exhibition,  curated by Beatrice Merz and developed in collaboration with the Fondazione Merz, is composed of forty-five works which embody the  entire creative career of Marisa Merz ranging from the drawing on different surface materials to sculpture in unbaked clay, from the weaving of copper wire and nylon to the objects transformed into wax in all of the artist's diverse ways of expressing herself.

Together with the temporary exhibition, the Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati proposes a selection of works from their collection not previously exhibited: these include the most important international artists of the Avantgardes of both the XX and XXI centuries. The essential constituent of the exhibition is an entire room dedicated to the leading exponents of Arte Povera with the intention of underlining the importance of the cultural context in which Marisa Merz found herself working at the beginning of her artistic career.

Giovanni Anselmo/ Harold Ancart/ Franco Angeli/ Rodolfo Aricò/ Giacomo Balla/ Domenico Bianchi/Alighiero Boetti/ Agostino Bonalumi/ Alberto Burri/ Pier Paolo Calzolari/ Ettore Colla/ Roberto Cuoghi/ Fortunato Depero/ Piero Dorazio/ Luciano Fabro/ Tano Festa/ Günther Förg/ Antony Gormley/ Wade Guyton/ Anish Kapoor/ Anselm Kiefer/ Yves Klein/ Jannis Kounellis/ Alberto Magnelli/ Mario Merz/ Giulio Paolini/ Pino Pascali/ Giuseppe Penone/ Gianni Piacentino/ Michelangelo Pistoletto/ Enrico Prampolini/ R.H. Quaytman/ Markus Raetz/ Ugo Rondinone/ Mario Schifano/ Rudolf Stingel/ Wolfgang Tillmans/ Emilio Vedova/ Christopher Wool/ Gilberto Zorio


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