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Exhibitions/ Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

January 24–May 7, 2017

Exhibition Catalogue

With authoritative essays and 300 illustrations, this volume reveals Merz's artistic evolution and her place in art history.

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Exhibition Overview

This exhibition is the first major retrospective in the United States of works by Italian painter, sculptor, and installation artist Marisa Merz (born 1926), the sole female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement. Encompassing five decades of work—from her early experiments with nontraditional art materials and processes to mid-career installations that balance intimacy with impressive scale to the enigmatic portrait heads she created after 1975—the exhibition at The Met Breuer explores Merz's prodigious talent and influence.


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"Fascinating and tenacious" —New York Times

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Marisa Merz (Italian, b. 1926). Untitled, 1993. Copper wire, unfired clay, steel structure. Courtesy of the artist and Fondazione Merz