Marisa Merz

Centre Pompidou

Marisa Merz envisions her work as an organic whole, without separate titles and dates for individual pieces. Everything is articulated in the present, in this present in which she has reorganized the space and time of the appearance of every single work. Thus, she bridges the distance between the moment of creation and that of exhibition, a distance that she has always marked. This was a far cry from a traditional retrospective; it was instead a global view where each piece seemed contemporaneous with the others.

At the entrance was an extraordinary duet: on a thin tripod, a clay sculpture acted as a countermelody to the perfect, geometric harmony of the copper-wire mesh attached to the wall. Elsewhere, like a chorus, some paintings floated at different heights on the walls; the color had a thick but well-defined weave, from which images of a face “slid” away, like traces of an unexpected

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