Marisa Merz, Untitled, 1975, nylon strings, iron nails, Courtesy of the artist and Fondazione Merz, Photo: Renato Ghiazza; Marisa Merz, <i>Double portrait</i> (Doppio ritratto), 1981, graphite, paraffin, rose petal on masonite, Courtesy of the the artist and Fondazione Merz, Photo: Renato Ghiazza; Marisa Merz, Untitled, n.d., eight heads on metal table, Courtesy of the artist and Fondazione Merz

Marisa Merz. Il Cielo È Grande Spazio

The Sky is a Great Space

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg presents the first solo exhibition in Austria of the artist Marisa Merz (1926 Turin, IT), the only female exponent of the movement known as Arte Povera. After she was awarded the Golden Lion for her life's work at the 55th Biennale di Venezia in 2013, a major exhibition of Merz's oeuvre was shown to wide acclaim in the United States in 2017. An adapted and expanded version of this exhibition will travel to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Museu de Serralves, Porto, the only two European venues where it will be shown.

Marisa Merz attracted attention in the 1960s, first in Italy and then internationally, with works made of "poor" materials she treated in unusual ways, creating objects out of copper wire, unfired clay, hemp, wax, and other pliable substances. Spanning five decades, the exhibition opens with the artist's earliest works, inlcuding the so-called "living sculptures", expansive aluminum constructions. In the 1970s, Marisa Merz assembled selected works in increasingly complex installations, into which she later also integrated her enigmatic head sculptures from the 1980s and 1990s. A large selection of drawings and collages made of mirrors, metal paint, and duct tape as well as recent large-format paintings of angels round out the exhibition.

Organized in the United States by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Curated by Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, and Ian Alteveer, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibition in Europe is being jointly organized by Fundação de Serralves-Museu de Arte Moderne and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

Curator at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg: Sabine Breitwieser, Director; with Marijana Schneider, Curatorial Assistant

Tuesday - Sunday: 
10.00 am - 6.00 pm
10.00 am - 8.00 pm
Monday: closed