Robert Lumley

  • the Fondazione Merz

    “NO STRAIGHT LINES,” says Beatrice Merz, showing me around the Fondazione Merz in Turin, a few days before its inauguration last April. Of course, she is describing her father Mario’s work—the space newly devoted to its legacy is primarily rectilinear: a 1936 Rationalist industrial building that was formerly the heating plant of the Lancia automobile company. Discovering the space abandoned in 1999, Beatrice and Mario decided on the spot that the structure would be ideal for housing the artist’s foundation, which would include galleries, a library and archives for scholars, and a program of