September 15, 2015 - Fondazione Merz - Making of Mario Merz, Catalogue Raisonné Volume One: The Igloos.
September 15, 2015

Fondazione Merz

(1) Mario Merz, Le case girano intorno a noi o noi giriamo intorno alle case?, 1994. (2) Mario Merz, New York Guggenheim Museum, 1989. (3) Mario Merz, Igloo fontana, 2002, Photo: Michele D'Ottavio

Making of Mario Merz, Catalogue Raisonné Volume One: The Igloos.

Fondazione Merz
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10141 Turin
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It was 2005 when, following Mario Merz’s will, the Fondazione Merz inaugurated its new exhibition spaces: a 1930 industrial building, formerly a heating plant of the nearby Lancia factory, which had been preserved and renovated to become a new Center for Contemporary Art.

Ten years ago, the Fondazione was founded to host exhibitions, events and educational activities, and to promote art research and studies, while pursuing its scope of showcasing Mario Merz’s work—an artistic legacy of inestimable historic value—making it accessible and understandable to a wider public. From the very beginning the Fondazione has also supported the research work carried out by the Archivio Merz. Now, ten years later, we are celebrating the Fondazione’s birthday with a year filled with important exhibitions and initiatives.

On this occasion we are also glad to announce that we’ve completed the research work preceding the publication of the first volume of the catalogue raisonné of Mario Merz’s body of work.

Entirely devoted to the Igloo works, this first volume will be issued in the fall of 2016, as we are currently working on the book layout and its final edition.

It will be published and edited by Fondazione Merz with the support of its Scientific Committee, whose members are Beatrice Merz, Richard Flood, Frances Morris and Vicente Todolì, and the Merz Archive’s members Mariano Boggia and Luisa Borio. Art historian and researcher Maddalena Disch has carried out the catalogue research and curated the entries.

The publication, consisting of about 550 pages with 300 images, features an introductory text by the Scientific Committee and a critical essay by Maddalena Disch. All works are presented with technical descriptions, historical and bibliographical references, as well as detailed bibliographic references and an exhaustive photographic selection. The volume comprises an anthology of the artist’s writings and excerpts of interviews regarding the works featured in the publication.

We are still asking anyone who has not yet been contacted and possesses any photographic record or unpublished texts, research or correspondence with the artist, to contact us at: cat_raisonne [​at​]

This last request is to sustain and confirm all work carried out thus far and to continue the research work that will lead to the publications of more volumes of our catalogue raisonné devoted to Mario Merz’s oeuvre.

Mario Merz: Catalogue Raisonné Volume One: The Igloos 
Publishing by Merz Foundation | Hopefulmonster
Hardcover, 23 x 27 cm
550 pages / 300 color and b&w
Date of issue: fall 2016

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