Michael Heizer

Fondazione Prada | Milan

Exhibitions of work by Land artists are usually limited by necessity to photographic documentation, drawings, and related projects. However, with Michael Heizer’s ambitious recent exhibition, which contained six site-specific works and was accompanied by a monograph edited by Germano Celant, the Fondazione Prada attempted the impossible: to present the physical grandeur of Heizer’s work within the enclosed rooms of the Fondazione.

Remarkably, they were successful. Two enormous graffitied stone masses, Stele n.1 and Stele n.2 (all works 1996), meter upon meter in size, and ton upon ton in weight, were transported from the Nevada mountains and framed within gigantic iron beams. The floor of another room was also raised, allowing Heizer to dig one of his trenches, Negative Line, a work recalling pieces he created in the late ’60s in the American desert. The show was at once impressive and

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