A 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.
Botto&Bruno’s exhibition Society, you’re a crazy breed, in Turin’s Merz Foundation is one large trompe l’oeil. The walls and floors are covered in scenes of society’s perils. Crumbling buildings, piles of trash, abandoned play grounds scatter the deserted landscape. Visitors are invited to walk inside the cinema and watch a movie. However, this is no ordinary movie or video art. These short films are shot through the perspective of children and their interactions with nature, whether that be a falcon or a stray dog. This installation provides a social commentary for the destruction of our planet, and warrants a call to action.