Mario Merz: Igloos / Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (Italy)

The current exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy, is dedicated to a crucial body of works in Italian artist Mario Merz’s oeuvre, the igloos. Mario Merz conceived the first igloo for a group exhibition in Rome in 1968 and since then produced igloos in various sizes and materials until his death in 2003. The igloo for Mario Merz is a metaphor of the place and space inhabited by humans. His igloos are often made of a metal frame covered in fragments of materials such as clay, glass, stone, jute, and metal.

The exhibition Mario Merz: Igloos at Pirelli HangarBicocca presents over 30 igloos of various sizes and materials, arranged in chronological order (1968-2003). The show is curated by Vicente Todolí in collaboration with Fondazione Merz and runs until February 24, 2019.

Mario Merz: Igloos. Solo exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy. Press preview, October 23, 2018.

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Extended version (including Igloo “Igloo del Palacio de las Alhajas, 1982”) (17:39 min.):

0:01 74 gradini riappaiono in una crescita di geometria concentrica, 1992
0:20 La goccia d’acqua, 1987
1:08 Luoghi senza strada, 1979
1:17 Igloo di Giap, 1968
1:31 Objet cache-toi, 1968
1:44 Evidenza di 987, 1978
2:08 Auf dem Tisch, der hineinstösst in das Herz des Iglu, 1974
2:18 Acqua scivola, 1969
2:34 Is space bent or straight?, 1973
3:05 If the hoar frost grip thy tnet Thou wilt give thanks when night is spent, 1978
3:52 Igloo di Marisa, 1972
4:18 Architettura fondata dal tempo architettura sfondata dal tempo, 1981
5:08 Hoarded centuries to pull up a mass of algae and pearls, 1983
5:49 Tenda di Gheddafi, 1981
6:32 Senza titolo, 1978
7:01 Senza titolo, 1984
7:41 Charo oscuro / oscuro chiaro, 1983
8:07 Igloo del Palacio de las Alhajas, 1982
9:20 Senza titolo, 1985
10:00 La casa del giardiniere, 1983-84+1985
10:26 La pianta della vite nella sfera occidentale, 1991
10:55 Sentiero per qui, 1986
11:23 Noi giriamo intorno alle case o le case girano intorno a noi?, 1977
12:22 Senza titolo, 1991
12:45 Senza titolo (Foglie d’oro), 1997
13:19 Senza titolo, 1994
13:46 Spostamenti della terra e della luna su un asse, 2003
14:14 Luoghi senza strada, 1994
14:53 Zeus Lanze, 1995
15:24 Le case girano intorno a noi o noi giriamo intorno alle case?, 1994
16:22 Senza titolo (doppio igloo di Porto), 1998

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