Il cielo è grande spazio

Marisa Merz

I find it ever and again surprising how long it takes for the appreciation for art by women to grow. (This sometimes happens to male artists, as well, of course. But not as often.) Marisa Merz, born in 1926 in Turin and accordingly 92 years of age, has now her first larger exhibition in Austria. She has already received greater honours by being awarded the Golden Lion of Venice Biennale in 2013, and a restrospective at the New York Metropolitan Museum in 2017, but still, that too has been rather recently.

Well. Anyway, Museum der Moderne Salzburg shows with „Il cielo è grande spazio“ a selection through the decades from the work of the one female representative of arte povera. Marisa Merz avoids dating her pieces of art. She doesn´t see them as being completed, finished, but as transforming and changing according to the arrangements and contexts they´re put in. Her work´s core, if one likes to phrase it this way, is the unity of art and life - as a woman, a female artist, and a mother. Thus, everyday materials like aluminium and wax or knitted copper wire and shoes knitted out of nylon thread find their way into her work. Her oeuvre is at the same time tender and fragile, and tough and earthy. A large number of drawn faces and heads made of unburned clay populate the exhibition space. (The ones covered with wax, and with the eyes and mouth just slightly cut in, are my own personal favourites.)

A further, more mystical shade, is added by the poems Marisa Merz writes, which sometimes remind of haikus, and which are scatteredly placed on the museum´s walls. The exhibition´s title „Il cielo è grande spazio“ is also derived from one of them.

Julia Maurer

 

Venue:

Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Mönchsberg 32
5020 Salzburg

https://www.museumdermoderne.at/de/ausstellungen-veranstaltungen/detail/marisa-merz-il-cielo-e-grande-spazio-der-himmel-ist-ein-weiter-raum/

 

Content:

Header: Ausschnitt Ausstellungsansicht: Marisa Merz. Il cielo è grande spazio / Der Himmel ist ein weiter Raum

© Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar

1: Marisa Merz, Living Sculpture (Lebende Skulptur), 1966, Aluminium, Tate: erworben durch Mittel eines anonymen Spenders 2009, Foto: © Tate, London, 2017

2: Marisa Merz, Ohne Titel, 1968. Nylonfaden, Eisennägel, Die Künstlerin und Fondazione Merz, Turin, Foto: Renato Ghiazza, Courtesy Archivio Merz, Turin

3: Marisa Merz, Ohne Titel, o. D., Ungebrannter Ton, Blattgold, Farbe, Eisenstativ. Sammlung Anish Kapoor, Foto: David Regen, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York und Brüssel

4: Marisa Merz, Ohne Titel, o. D. Mischtechnik mit Klebeband auf Metall, Spiegel,

Die Künstlerin und Fondazione Merz, Turin, Foto: Agostino Osio, Courtesy Galleria Christian Stein, Mailand

5: Ausstellungsansicht: Marisa Merz. Il cielo è grande spazio / Der Himmel ist ein weiter Raum

© Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar

6: Ausstellungsansicht: Marisa Merz. Il cielo è grande spazio / Der Himmel ist ein weiter Raum

© Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar

7:  Ausstellungsansicht: Marisa Merz. Il cielo è grande spazio / Der Himmel ist ein weiter Raum

© Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Rainer Iglar