Tag Archives: Mario Merz


IMG_0102.jpgAs one of the many museums located on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden showcases masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. The circular building, which includes an interior courtyard, was designed by the famed architect Gordon Bunshaft. With artists ranging from Ron Mueck, Hamish Fulton and Ed Ruscha, these were a few of my favorites.


IMG_0016Untitled (Big Man) // Ron Mueck // pigmented polyester resin on fiberglass // 2000


Bust of Diego on a Stele II // Alberto Giacometti // bronze // 1958


Woman // Willem de Kooning // oil paint on wood // 1965


Window // Gerhard Richter // oil paint on canvas // 1968


Moonrise Kent England, 30 September 1985 // Hamish Fulton // paint and vinyl on wall // 1985


From Continent to Continent // Mario Merz // steel, glass, neon, clay & metal cables // 1985


The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire // Ed Ruscha // oil paint on canvas // 1965-1968


Fish // Alexander Calder // metal, paint, wire, plastic, wood, glass & ceramic // 1944


Untitled // Jannis Kounellis // stone & plaster fragments // 1980


Untitled // Robert Gober // plywood, iron, plaster, latex, paint & lights // 2003


Still Life with Spirit and Xitle // Jimmie Durham // car, volcanic stone & acrylic paint // 2007


Nuovecento Museum

IMG_7996In the center of Milan stands the Nuovecento Museum. The tall blue windows enable the visitors to view the Duomo and surrounding piazza. Specializing in 20th century Italian art, the Nuovcento showcases artists such as Mario Merz, Gino Marotta and Lucio Fontana. These are some of my favorite works from the permanent collection.

IMG_8754Lucio Fontana


Magnetic Surface // Davide Boriani // electrical mechanism in aluminium, glass, iron dust, magnets & 220 volt electrical micro-motor // 1959-1964


 Zebra (Fibonacci) // Mario Merz // stuffed animal, 12 neon numbers // 1973


Modular Nature // Gino Marotta // Screen print on transparent methacrylate, 6 elements, variable dimensions // 1966


Untitled // Jannis Kounellis // untreated iron, jute, travertine, limonite // 1988


IMG_9282A key member of the Arte Povera Movement, Italian artist Mario Merz is known for his igloos, bunches of branches and the fibonacci formula executed in neon lights. In the Merz Foundation two of his branch works are displayed, one outside and one inside. Mertz tied these twigs together in order to showcase organic life and encourage people to look at everyday objects in a new light.


Castello di Rivoli

IMG_9524Grand Suite // Jan Vercruysse // painted wood frames, red velvet chaise lounge // 1986

Located on the top of a hill in Turin, Italy sits the Castello di Rivoli. From the 1300s to the 1800s the Savoy family owned this castle. After their rule, it became a part of the city of Turin. It wasn’t until 1980s that the castle became what we know it today, as the Castello di Rivoli Museuo d’Arte Contemporanea. This contemporary art museum is a far cry from the traditional contemporary museums which take on the form of a white cube. At the Castello di Rivoli, the contemporary works sit inside the painted and ornately decorated walls and ceilings, remnants of its past life as a castle. Here you can see a stuffed horse suspended from a detailed white coffered ceiling and a brightly embroidered canvas hanging above an historic fresco.

IMG_9495Everything // Alighieri Boetti // Canvas, embroidery in colored cottons // 1987-1988


Architecture of the Mirror // Michelangelo Pistoletto // Gilded wood, mirrors // 1990 // 4 elements, 380 x 200 cm each


Novecento // Maurizio Cattelan // Taxidermized horse, leather saddlery, rope, pulley // 1997 // 201.2 x 271 x 68.6 cm


Venus of the Rags // Michelangelo Pistoletto // Reproduction of Venus in cement covered in mica, rags //1967


Time-Based Architecture — Time—Debased Architecture // Mario Merz // Iron tubes, painted glass, clamps, stones, acrylic on canvas, neon, twigs // 1981 // 300 x 1400 x 400 cm


Seeing Reading [cobalt blue] // Joseph Kosuth // Neon tubes // 1979 // 12 x 710 cm