Mario Merz

Se la forma scompare la sua radice è eterna


This blue neon aphorism, mimicking the artist’s own calligraphy, was first used by Mario Merz in 1982. This later version was made by the artist for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in August 1989 prior to a press conference in Venice for the retrospective exhibition of his work the same year at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Merz began using neon in 1966. For him it represented the light of human intelligence, the power of thought, and the inspirational force of ideas. The merging of the signifying medium (neon/thought) and of the spelt out words (title/idea/meaning) into an art object gives this work its peculiar economy , resonance, and, so to speak legibility.

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Artista Mario Merz
Data 1982-89
Tecnica Tubi al neon
Dimensioni 46,6 x 1200 x 4 cm
Credit line Fondazione Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York. Donazione dell'artista
Inventario 89.3632.a–.b
Collezione Acquisizioni e donazioni
Tipologia Scultura

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