This book documents the exhibition Mario Merz. Pageantry of painting held at the Fondazione Merz in Turin from 12 May to 14 November 2010. Eighteen large paintings, selected by Rudi Fuchs, were realized between 1974 and 1988, and they come both from leading European museums and from private collections. In some cases, they have not been on public display for many years. Among the exhibited works two painted igloo, Casa del giardiniere, Igloo (Tenda di Gheddafi) and the Mario Merz. Lumaca video by Gerry Schum.
Rudi Fuchs, the exhibition’s curator, describes the vision at the origin of his idea: “I remember from childhood certain ceremonial pageants of guilds in which the members carried large banners with those heraldic figures in strong colours. They marched to the town square where they then held competitions in artful banner swaying, which were acrobatic and spectacular."
The book in the slipcase includes a USB key showing a video filmed during the exhibition and an interview by the curator.