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March 13, 2013


Filed under: mario merz — Tags: — admin @ 7:43 am

When you read the biographies and you start to understand and compile a time line of political reference for a lot of these artists, it is pretty fascinating to see where the start of installation art has come from.

That is what I always find so fascinating, the timelines and the histories.

I hope you are enjoying this style of art!

Have a fantastic day!

Love, Jamie



Mario Merz was born in Milan in 1925. After studying medicine in Turin for a short time, Mario Merz joined the anti-fascist resistance group “Giustizia e Libertà” (Justice and Liberty).

In 1945 he was arrested for his political

 work and spent a short while in prison.
After his release he spent some time in Rome and Paris. It was then that he started to turn to art. Merz settled in Turin. Initially, Mario Merz painted in oil until he began producing informal spiral pictures in 1960.


In 1966 Mario Merz gave up informal art and looked for metaphors for the connection between nature and art in objects themselves. He


began producing his famous light objects, and combined neon tubes and neon writing with everyday objects such as bottles and umbrellas.



These objects turned Mario Merz into one of the main exponents of Installation Art . 
From 1968 Merz produced his typical igloos, in which he found a metaphorical shape for the connection between inside and outside, for the sheltering and the protecting .

Mario Merz died in Turin in 2003.


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