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Sol LeWitt and Mario Merz

Galleria Mario Pieroni

For Sol LeWitt, pictorial space is a temple, symbolic and articulated, that owes its most profound reality to the abstract or spiritual meanings for which it is a sign. Its correlation is geometry—sublime, cohesive, irrefutable. For Mario Merz, space is a refuge, the site of an archetypal sacredness that is immune to the vagaries of technique and culture. This refuge is characterized by the dissemination of signs, which coalesce into a whole only when identified by whoever finds shelter within it. Merz’s graffiti and poor materials are scattered traces that point to the incongruity and transience of experience, and of art.

The mute encounter of these opposing forces occurred in this joint installation. Each room of the gallery was divided roughly in half—two walls for LeWitt, two for Merz. They confronted each other, continually exchanging attributes, without coming to any resolution.

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