MERZ, Mario

Mario Merz (January 1, 1925 – 9 November 2003) was an Italian artist who was a part of the Art Povera movement.

Born in Milan, Merz started drawing during World War II, when he was imprisoned for his activities with an antifascist group. He soon rejected Abstract Expressionism’s subjectivity in favor of opening art to exterior space and in the 1960s, Merz’s work with energy, light and matter placed him in the movement that Germano Celant named Arte Povera, which, together with Futurism, remains one of the most influential movements of Italian art in the 20th century.

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