A group exhibition of the shortlisted artists of thr 3rd Edition of the Mario Merz Prize
Fondazione Merz, Torino, 3 June – 6 October 2019
Curated by Claudia Gioia, Samuel Gross and Beatrice Merz
Fondazione Merz is pleased to present the exhibition of the 5 finalists selected for the Art Section in this third edition of the Mario Merz Prize.
Bertille Bak, Mircea Cantor, David Maljković, Maria Papadimitriou, Unknown Friend present stylistic and formal solutions that differ according to their respective stories and experiences, generational and geographical appurtenance, yet each of them expresses the same questioning vision of the present.
Logos, invention and art converge in a sort of iconisation, a space for creation where the past and the future continue to look at each other without any chronology; a present, therefore, that surprises and worries but above all is evasive.
Thus we observe the potential state, the seminal nature, the codified image, the speaking word to find a grammar of structure capable of founding a new language and vision in which art allows us to glimpse the very possibility of thinking about the present… and in difficult times, times of transition and change, it is imperative that we do this.
The artists were shortlisted by members of the pre-selection judging panel, Claudia Gioia (Indipendent Curator), Samuel Gross (Head Curator, Istituto Svizzero) and Beatrice Merz (President, Fondazione Merz) also curating the exhibition.
The public is invited to vote for their favorite artist by visiting the exhibition or logging onto the website www.mariomerzprize.org to view and judge the artworks. The public vote will be added to the votes cast by Jury, whose members are: Manuel Borja-Villel (Director Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid), Massimiliano Gioni (Head Curator New Museum, New York – Art Director Fondazione Trussardi, Milan), Lawrence Weiner (artist), and Beatrice Merz.
The winner will be commissioned to produce a new site-specific solo exhibition at Fondazione Merz in November 2020, coinciding with Artissima.