Fondazione Merz

Alfredo Jaar. Abbiamo amato tanto la rivoluzione

5 November 2013 – 9 March 2014


curated by Claudia Gioia



Specifically created for this exhibition, Alfredo Jaar’s new project plays on the idea of reflection (as both reproduction of images and thought or consideration) along the trajectory of his interest in the rapport between culture and democratic life, as he questions the sense of memory and political participation in the Sixties and Seventies. And he does so not as an act of commemoration, but rather to constantly engage in promoting culture as a decisive factor for change.

Consisting of about 60 artworks, the exhibition starts with a major installation that consist of millions of pieces of broken glass and mirror that cover most of the main exhibition space. As viewers walk on this reflecting surface of debris, they also move along the space of memory, and while engaged in self-reflection, they are invited to think over some difficult moments of our collective history. The remains of the lessons of history become the ground for hope and cultural rebirth.

In a second space, the artist orchestrates a dialogue with a 1970 work by Mario Merz titled Sciopero generale azione politica relativa proclamata relativamente all’arte, bringing it to our present times through a poetic and nostalgic mise-en-scene.

Some walls of the Fondazione will be entirely covered by Alfredo Jaar’s works, from those dating back to the Seventies to others specifically created for this exhibition. His works dedicated to Antonio Gramsci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Giuseppe Ungaretti, together with those produced during the dictatorship in Chile and the ones promoting political awareness will merge with the works by artists who have never ceased to question the world such as Mario Merz but also Alighiero Boetti, Luis Camnitzer, Valie Export, Hans Haacke, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Piero Manzoni, Fabio Mauri, Cildo Meireles, Yoko Ono, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gerhard Richter, Nancy Spero and Lawrence Weiner.