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Marisa Merz

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

Marisa Merz’s solo exhibition was marked by upheaval and courage. In a painting on three sheets of paper (all works Untitled, 2004), broad, improvised black marks alternate with red areas surrounding a central figure, painted in liquid gold, on which the drawing of a heart is visible. One spontaneously thinks of the golden tie between Mario and Marisa Merz. It takes courage to show one’s mourning. In this painting and throughout the show, Merz covers up absence with the incandescence of gold—the color that represents metaphysical transfiguration. But, in Heidegger’s words, commemorating is an occasion for thinking. The gold with which Merz’s figures are formed brings to mind alchemical transmutation and thus the need to get in touch with higher levels of consciousness.

To recognize a moment of grace means distancing oneself from habitual perception; only then can there appear the breath of

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