Exhibition"Mario Merz" Guggenheim Museum, New York 1989, cat. nr. 87 reprod.
ProvenanceGal. Ippolito Simonis, Toronto
coll. Tucci, Torino
coll. Alfonso Artiaco, Pozzuolo
coll. Baronian-Francey, Brussels
Mario Merz, medicine student, poet, graphic artist and informal painter, caught the eye of the art critic and curator Germano Celand in 1967. He invited him to participate in an exhibition in the Bertesca Gallery in Genua. Herewith, Merz stood at the cradle of the movement that will carry the name Arte Povera, where also Luciane Fabro, Richard Long and Michelangelo Pistoletto were active members.
In line with this movement, Merz payed attention to the organic world, contrary to the trend of industrialization and capitalism. The row of Fibonacci is an ordering element in his work. This formula is based on a mathematic progression, where every number equals the sum of the two previous ones. It shows how constant growth behaves in a spatial and temporal structure. In his art Merz handles organic forms, derived from the fauna and flora, like snail houses, snakes and foliage. Thanks to the reference to Fibonacci, his installations and paintings, objects with an inherent static nature, become focus points from which a dynamic energy emanates.