Mario Merz, 'Igloos' exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2018. Courtesy Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photography: Renato Ghiazza © Mario Merz / Siae 2018

Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca has been filled with lifesized ‘igloos’ by Italian artist Mario Merz for a new retrospective exploring his most iconic sculptural works.

The bumper show brings together 30 of the sculptural pieces which have been plucked from private collections and art galleries across the globe. Merz – a prominent figure of the Arte Povera movement – created the domes from 1968 until his death in 2003.

Each piece looks like a sunken-planet in the darkened gallery space. Metal dome frameworks act as a canvas for stone, steel and glass elements to be clamped to, including neon words and numbers from the Fibonacci sequence – a recurring motif of Merz’s work.

Mario Merz, ‘Igloos’ exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2018. Courtesy Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan.
Photography: Renato Ghiazza © Mario Merz / Siae 2018

‘Mario Merz: Igloos’ runs until until 24 February 2019 at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan.

 

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