Contemporary Art
  • Mario Merz Prize. Fourth Edition

    pages: 48
    format: 14,5 x 21 cm
    date of publication: November 2022
    binding: paperback with dust-cover and leaflet
    language: Italian/English
    isbn: 9788877572936


    This small book/catalogue brings together the biographies of the artists and musicians who were finalists in the Fourth Edition of the international prize that the Fondazione Merz dedicates to the figure and work of Mario Merz, to whom it is named. The Mario Merz Prize, created in 2013, was created with the desire to launch a new project projected towards the future of art and to identify and highlight personalities in the field of art and allow young composers to propose themselves for an innovative contemporary music project.

    The two sections of the Prize, music and visual arts, saw for this edition the participation of artists Yto Barrada, Paolo Cirio, Christina Forrer, Anne Hardy, He Xiangyu and Koo Jeong A. The finalists were Katherine Balch, William Dougherty, Farzia Fallah, Füsun Köksal and Claudia Jane Scroccaro. The book is completed by images of the works that are part of the finalists' exhibition, held at the Fondazione Merz in Turin from 9 June to 25 September 2022.


  • Il taglio, l'innesto, il castello

    edited by Valentina Bruschi

    texts by Laura Barreca, Maria Rosa Sossai, aterraterra
    pages: 80
    published: 20 x 15 cm
    publication date: October 2022
    binding: softbound
    languages: Italian, English
    isbn 9788877572943


    The book recounts the project "Il taglio, l'innesto, il castello" (The Cut, the Graft, the Castle) by the artists Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy, winner of the PAC - Plan for Contemporary Art 2020 - Linea committenza (Contracting Line), promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, curated by Valentina Bruschi for the Civic Museum of Castelbuono (Palermo). This is a participatory operation conceived with the aim of involving the community and the natural environment, involving both the ecological and social spheres. The origin of the research is an artistic experiment in ceramic workmanship, obtained by grafting with manna, a resin extracted from the carving of the trunk of ash trees, typical of the Madonie mountains. The title refers to the wound from which the manna flows, a sort of healing incision that generates new lymph and new forms when grafted into another material. The artists adopted a process of experimental research conducted during their artistic residency in the 14th-century Ventimiglia Castle, home of the Civic Museum of Castelbuono, an architectural archetype of a noble residence, later transformed into a civic institution, destined to host cultural activities for the community and the public. The publication bears witness to the complex phases of the creative process and its final outcome with the creation of a sculptural and performative installation that involves the spectator in a physical as well as visual experience. The group of sculptures finally enters the permanent collection of the Civic Museum of Castelbuono.


    The duo Mangano & van Rooy formed in 2014 in Amsterdam. Their research and artistic practice address issues of a political nature and social architecture, with the aim of realising participatory projects and educational processes returned through different media, such as film, sculptural installations, performances and publications.


  • 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.


    texts by Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, Suad Omar Sheikh Esahaq, Andrea Del Boca, Luca Ciabarri, Gabriele Proglio
    pages: 247
    format: 16,5 x 22 cm
    date of publication : 2019
    images: 102
    binding: softbound
    language Italian/Somali
    isbn 9788877572783


    The second book in the Ultralibri series, Stanze in a certain way narrates eight years in the creative evolution of the duo of artists and directors Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, who recently presented SPACCAPIETRE, the only Italian title in competition in Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival 2020.

    The book offers an experience full of theatrical, poetic and cinematographic projects dedicated to the Somali lands and to the critique of Italy’s colonial past, linking old and new subjugations. The volume includes, among others, a contribution by Andrea Del Boca and historical essays by Luca Ciabarri and Gabriele Proglio.


    Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio were born in Turin in 1978. They have worked together since 1999 as visual artists, screenwriters and film directors. Over the years they have directed short films, documentaries and produced installations that have participated in the most important national and international film festivals and various exhibitions.