Tag Archives: Mario Merz

Hirshhorn

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

Merz

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.

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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

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

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

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

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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

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