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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 collaborations with visiting artists (the last still in development at the time of writing). Sadly, Merz the elder did not live to see the architectural transformation, and the public opening of the foundation was dedicated to his memory—as was a discrete retrospective staged jointly at the Galleria

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