Contemporary arts of the XX and XXI century
The latest presentation of the MAXXI Arte collection reflects museum's intention to explore the confines of the history of recent Italian art, starting out with an interpretation of its own patrimony.
The nucleus of this new display is a newly acquired work of particular interest by Marisa Merz. In this installation the artist combines all her favourite materials characterising her research: clay, copper and paper which, when used together, create a universe of female figures reflected in the copper sheets laid on the floor on which a clay head is placed.
Installed in the centre of Gallery 4, the work is a metre against which and from which the collection's strands are measured and depart.
The feminine dimension of Marisa Merz's work has been one of the aspects that has most influenced the work of artists from subsequent generations such as Rosa Barba, Elisabetta Benassi, Ketty La Rocca, Luisa Lambri, Claudia Losi, Paola Pivi, Rosemarie Trockel and Kara Walker who, carrying forward the research traced by the Arte Povera trend, amplified and enriched it with an existential dimension.
The exhibition intends to recover this complexity while shedding light on another aspect: that which has lightly and at times imperceptibly bound such heterogeneous experiences through to the works of the 1990s, in which Merz's minimal everyday gestures of emotivity become a defence against the fear of the loss of a human dimension in art.
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