A great exhibition in homage to Mario Merz at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice
From May 8th to September 20th 2015, in conjunction with the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale
and with Milan Expo 2015
, Venice presents the exhibition “Mario Merz - Unreal City
”. It is the first exhibition of Merz’s work to be held in any public institution in Italy since the artist’s death and it brings contemporary art to the new spaces of the Gallerie dell’Accademia
is also conceived as the artist’s ideal homage to Venice
, the unreal city par excellence, a metaphysical and surreal place where nature and culture combine themselves perfectly.
In the artist’s works of art natural materials come together with urban and industrial elements. There’s a deep affinity between the artistic research of Mario Merz and the issues proposed by Expo 2015 in Milan, “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life
”, so that it’s the perfect setting to propose the extraordinary modernity of Merz’s poetic message.
From the 60s Mario Merz
started to use neon lights, which have become the heart of some of his most iconic works of art: from the permanent installation like the Fibonacci series
, on the Mole Antoneliana’s dome, and the igloo in Turin, to the big spiral of Naple’s metro station and the light installations of the central station of Zurich and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Two rooms are dedicated to Merz’s art, starting from a selection of works of his graphic research, which represents an important part of his artistic life. The exhibition culminates In in his large scale environmental installations In the following room you will have the chance to admire Senza titolo (Luoghi senza strada)
(1994), an igloo made of slate, which shows the employment of different materials, and the Wax Spiral
(1970-1981) that propose again the theme of the Fibonacci series. a progression in which each number is the sum of the two before. The artist interpreted the numerical sequence as the emblem of the dynamics associated with the growth processes in the organic world. After some other masterworks of big size (like “Fulmine in Tazza
” and “La natura è l’equilibrio della spirale
”), the exhibition path ends in the courtyard of the Gallerie dell’Accademia with the big 8 igloo of 74 steps created in 1992.
Monday from 8.15 am to 2 pm
Tuesday – Sunday from 8.15 am to 6.30 pm
The ticket office closes at 6.30 pm
ADMISSION (exhibition + museum)
Full price € 15,00
Reduced price € 12,00