At the Hangar Bicocca, All the Igloos of Mario Merz

At the Hangar Bicocca, All the Igloos of Mario Merz
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“The igloo is a home, a temporary home. And since, down deep, I feel that, today, we live in a truly temporary era, the sense of the temporary for me is embodied in this word - igloo,” explained Mario Merz way back in 1984, justifying his fascination with this form of arctic dwelling, which the artist continued to re-elaborate, again and again, starting in 1968. In the 5500 square-metres of the Hangar Bicocca, these igloos, with the most recent dating back to 2003 when the artist died, are all united, on loan from important institutions such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. First welcoming guests is the Drop of Water, the most majestic igloo ever created by the artist, to then move onto the rest of the itinerary which pays homage to the highly memorable exhibition of Merz curated by Harald Szeemann for the Kunsthaus of Zurich in 1985. At that time, there were already 20 igloos, enough to create a notably unique post-modern village. Now there are another 10 igloos, creating a truly unusual landscape, capable of evoking both the most characteristic as well as newer aspects of Merz’ work. The artist was also an Italian pioneer with regards to installation art in general.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano