Exposition Art Blog: Marisa Merz - Italian Contemporary Art - Arte Povera

Marisa Merz - Italian Contemporary Art - Arte Povera

Marisa Merz (1926 –2019) was an Italian artist and sculptor.In the 1960s, Merz was the only female protagonist associated with the radical Arte povera movement. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale.She lived and worked in Turin, Italy
In June 1967, Merz had her first solo exhibition at the Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery in Turin, for which she made a folded aluminum foil installation. In October 1968, she participated in the three day Arte Povera + Azione Povera event, curated by Germano Celant, in Amalfi. This Arte povera event, which also included the artists Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alighiero Boetti, Giovanni Anselmo, and Mario Merz, was radical for its avant-garde display of every day "poor" materials as art. Her work continued to reflect many of the fundamental issues with which Arte Povera artists are preoccupied, such as organic forms, subjectivity, the use of lower forms of art, including crafts, and the relationship between art and life.Wikipedia
Working with both traditional and non-traditional materials, the artist’s works often blur the categorization of domestic objects—blankets, bowls of salt, and boots—with art objects, such as sculpted heads and painted angels. “


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