Exhibition. Mario Merz. Time Is Mute
Mario Merz. Rinoceronte [Rhinoceros], 1979. Mixed media on fabric and neon, 291 x 435 cm. Private collection, Madrid. © Mario Merz por SIAE, VEGAP, Madrid, 2019
This retrospective on the work of Mario Merz (Milan, Italy, 1925 – Milan, Italy, 2003) surveys the provenance of a body of work suspended in a kind of pre-historic time, at odds with the discourse of modern-era history. This anachronistic perspective, apparent in the choice of materials and iconography, stems from the ideological and committed stance of an artist and his relation to the political and intellectual climate in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to his rejection of pervasive capitalism and the American way of life after the Second World War.
The search for mythology distinguished Merz’s work from his kindred contemporaries, for his archaism bore no relation to a melancholic yearning for the past, but instead was related to a razor-sharp critique of industrial and consumerist modernity.
Dates: From 11 October, 2019 to 29 March, 2020
Location: Retiro Park, Palacio de Velázquez
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía in collaboration with Fondazione Merz
Curatorship: Manuel Borja-Villel
Encounter. Documents 13. A Feminist Audiovisual Archive. The Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir
Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig, Ioana Wieder, Nadja Ringart. Maso et Miso vont en bateau. Video, 1976
The Documents programme explores the relationships between art and publishing, and other subjects that include the effects of archive on narratives of art history, the artist’s book and publishing as an artistic practice. This edition, therefore, presents the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, an audiovisual archive that comprises the first feminist video in France and representations of women in the mass media. The Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir was founded in 1982 by three members of the collective Les Insoumuses (Defiant Muses) and is the first archive centre devoted to the history and memory of women and with the aim of archiving, disseminating and promoting this intensive first decade of feminist video production in France and films on the history of women and their rights, struggles and creations.
Date: Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
Admission: Free, until full capacity is reached
RRS. Clara de Asís. Time, Stone, Insect
Time, Stone, Insect is a piece for metal objects, small ceramics, mountain stone and vibrating strings. Taking the choice of materials and profoundly simple gestures as a point of departure, forms of repetition, addition and subtraction are associated as a principle of perpetual movement, engendering a sound space that juxtaposes the autonomy of elements and a perceptive total union — a union that takes place in what the listener hears.
This piece, with no aspirations to an exclusivity of sound, can be listened to in every way imaginable: in silence, with open windows and sounds; in the morning, afternoon, evening, at night – although no headphones and letting the air circulate is recommended.