Fondazione Merz, Turin (TORINO)
The exhibition, consisting of about 60 artworks, starts with a major installation made of millions of pieces of broken glass and mirror that cover most of the main exhibition space. As viewers walk on this reflecting surface of debris, they also move along the space of memory, and while engaged in self-reflection, they are invited to think over some difficult moments of our collective history. The remains of the lessons of history become the ground for hope and cultural rebirth.
Some walls of the Fondazione will be entirely covered by Alfredo Jaar’s works, from those dating back to the Seventies to others specifically created for this exhibition. His works dedicated to Antonio Gramsci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Giuseppe Ungaretti, together with those produced during the dictatorship in Chile and the ones promoting political awareness will merge with the works by artists who have never ceased to question the world such as Mario Merz but also Alighiero Boetti, Luis Camnitzer, Valie Export, Hans Haacke, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Piero Manzoni, Fabio Mauri, Cildo Meireles, Yoko Ono, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Nancy Spero and Lawrence Weiner.
Alfredo Jaar (Santiago del Chile, 1956) is an artist, architect and filmmaker. His work has been shown extensively around the world. Simultaneous to his exhibition at the Fondazione Merz, the artist has been selected for the upcoming edition of Torino’s Luci d’Artista that will open November 1. The artist has created a permanent work for the façade of the Biblioteca Nazionale di Torino.
Artists: Alfredo Jaar
Open: Tuesday, 05 November 2013
Close: Sunday, 02 February 2014
Address: Fondazione Merz, via Limone 24, 10141 Turin
Phone: +39 011 197 194 37
Web: Fondazione Merz
Opening hour: Tue-Sun | 11am-7pm
Closing day: Mon
Admission: € 5.00 | € 3.50
Photo credits: 1. Alfredo Jaar, M’illumino d’immenso, 2009, Neon, 46 x 94 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist, New York and Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano; Alfredo Jaar, PPP, 2013, Courtesy of the artist, New York and Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano; 2. Alfredo Jaar, M’illumino d’immenso, 2009, Neon, 46 x 94 x 5 cm. Courtesy of the artist, New York and Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano