Pirelli HangarBicocca, until 24 February 2019
Pirelli HangarBicocca presents Igloos, the exhibition on Mario Merz (1925-2003), one of the most important artists of the postwar era, bringing together a body of his most iconic works, the Igloos made from 1968 until the time of his death.
The exhibition curated by Vicente Todolí in collaboration with Fondazione Merz spreads through the spaces of the facility, putting visitors at the center of a constellation of over 30 large works in the form of igloos, an original landscape of great visual impact.
Fifty years after the creation of Merz’s first igloo, the show is an opportunity to observe works by Mario Merz of historical importance for their innovative concepts. The pieces come from many private collections and international museums – including Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Tate London, the Nationalgalerie of Berlin and the Van Abbemuseum of Eindhoven, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen of Düsseldorf – and are being shown together for the first time in Italy.
The delicate, precarious character of the installations takes on forceful symbolic and at times political value, in which the artist reflects on the contemporary world. As Merz himself said: “the igloo is a house, a temporary house. Since I consider that deep down today we live in a very temporary era, the sense of the provisional for me has coincided with this name: igloo.”
The show is accompanied by a catalogue published by Mousse Publishing, including extensive photographic documentation of the show, with contributions by Germano Celant, Lisa Le Feuvre and Pietro Rigolo