Art catalogues
  • Mineur Mineur

    texts by Caroline Bourgeois, Jacopo Chessa, Mohamed El Khatib,
    conversation between Caroline Bourgeois and Bertille Bak
    pages: 160
    published: May 2022
    binding: hardback
    languages: Italian, French, English
    isbn 9788877572905


    The volume documents the Mineur Mineur project of the artist Bertille Bak, winner of the third edition of the Mario Merz Prize, conceived for the Fondazione Merz and curated by Caroline Bourgeois. The artist turns, with her work, to communities of people more or less aware of the characteristics of their identity and to those minorities often forgotten or repressed. The title of the exhibition itself refers to the video installation Mineur Mineur ("minor miner"), addressing the issue of child labor which still today deprives about 152 million children worldwide of their childhood. Through a fairytale language that employs artifices, Bak offers a contemporary truth made up of tragic destinies, a social story that becomes a sort of memory archive that intertwines the lives of the people with the production of a new common imagination. The volume documents the genesis and development of the exhibition, and includes, in addition to the curator's introduction text, an extensive conversation with the artist and other writings from different disciplinary fields that collect points of reflection on such an important and urgent social issue and on Bertille Bak's artistic career.

  • FUORI! 1971 – 2021. 50 anni dalla fondazione del primo movimento omosessuale in Italia

    edited by Roberto Mastroianni and Chiara Miranda
    pages: 160
    published: October 2021
    binding: softbound
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877572349


    Fifty years ago, the first Italian movement for the liberation of homosexuals was born in Turin: FUORI!. At the same time, the magazine of the same name came out, the voice and the organizational tool of a "community" that is slowly expanding throughout Italy. To retrace the genesis, developments and legacies of an experience that marks the physiognomy of the current Italian LGBTQ + movement, the Diffused Museum of the Resistance together with the Polo del '900 and the Sandro Penna Foundation - OUT! present the exhibition “FUORI! 1971 - 2021. 50 years from the foundation of the first homosexual movement in Italy ”, which takes place from 24 September to 24 October 2021, of which this book is a theoretical and historical-critical restitution and integration.

  • Push the limits

    edited by Claudia Gioia e Beatrice Merz
    texts by Claudia Gioia, Beatrice Merz, Maura Reilly, Paul Mason e Manuel Borja-Villel
    pages: 232
    format: 23 x 27 cm
    published: December 2020
    images: 114
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 9788877572844


    Push the Limits is the volume that ties in with the group exhibition curated at the Fondazione Merz from the 7th of September 2020 to the 26the of February 2021.

    The book is more than just a catalogue and illustrates an all-female art project. The curators, Claudia Gioia and Beatrice Merz, invited seventeen internationally renowned artists to take part in Push the Limits: Rosa Barba, Sophie Calle, Katharina Grosse, Shilpa Gupta, Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer, Emily Jacir, Bouchra Khalili, Barbara Kruger, Cinthia Marcelle, Shirin Neshat, Maria Papadimitriou, Pamela Rosenkranz, Chiharu Shiota, Fiona Tan, Carrie Mae Weems and Sue Williamson.

    Page after page, the reader can immerse himself in the exhibition through the images and essays by the curators and Maura Reilly, Paul Mason and Manuel Borja-Villel, and into the search for a language capable of narrating the present.

    In addition to providing further insight into the work on display and the current projects of the seventeen artists, Push the Limits also collects their photographs, drawings, film suggestions, excerpts from books and other suggestions.

    A polyphony of signs and experiences whose imagination speaks to us of the ability to bring all those realities that are ‘beyond’ to the threshold of thought: a publishing ‘happening’ of culture and life.

  • Arte povera. Italian Landscape

    edited by Danilo Eccher
    texts by Lorenzo Angeloni, Tina P. Colayco, Danilo Eccher, Germano Celant
    pages 261
    format 15 x 21,5 cm
    date of publication febbraio 2020
    images 88
    binding: hardback
    language Italian/English
    isbn 9788877572790


    The catalogue of the exhibition curated by Danilo Eccher at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila from 8 February to 8 June 2020. The book gathers together a vast iconographic and textual repertory and in documenting the cultural path of the exhibition, as the curator himself states, “a visual writing that caresses the experiences [of Arte Povera] and grasps its scent, not only presents the works but proposes the global image of a single ‘landscape’ through which to immerse oneself in the emotion of a research that has marked an important page in the history of art”.

  • Mario Merz Prize. Third Edition

    pages: 28
    format: 14,5 x 21 cm
    date of publication: July 2019
    binding: paperback with dust-cover and leaflet
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 9788877572776


    This small book/catalogue collects the biographies of the artists and musicians who were finalists in the Third Edition of the international prize that the Fondazione dedicates to the figure and work of Mario Merz, after whom it is named. The two sections of the Prize, music and the visual arts, saw the participation in this edition of artists Bertille Bak, Mircea Cantor, David Maljković, Maria Papadimitriou and Unknown Friends. The finalist composers were Annachiara Gedda, Mauro Lanza, Filippo Perocco, Robert HP Platz and Jay Schwartz. The book contains images of the works that were part of the finalists’ exhibition, held at the Fondazione Merz in Turin from 3 June to 6 October 2019 and of the concert performed on the same date at the Biblioteca Civica Musicale “Andrea Della Corte” - Villa della Tesoriera, Turin.

  • Petrit Halilaj. Shkrepëtima

    texts by Leonardo Bigazzi, Beatrice Merz, Nina Zimmer, Petrit Halilalj, Sala Ahmetaj
    pages: 160
    format: 23 x 27 cm
    date of publication: May 2019
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 9788877572769


    This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Petrit Halilaj. Shkrepëtima curated by Leonardo Bigazzi and held at Fondazione Merz from 29th October 2018 to 17th February 2019.

    “In recent years, Petrit Halilaj has succeeded in transforming his own biography and the recent history of his nation, Kosovo, into living matter for his works. Despite working with a public and collective dimension, his work often originates from a personal experience, and is usually the result of an intimate process shared with the people dearest to him. Using sculpture, video, performance and drawing, Halilaj has developed a deep reflection on the construction mechanisms of cultural identity, on the value of memory and on the role of art in the shaping of collective consciousness in contemporary society.