As one of the inaugural exhibitions at new Bildmuseet, we exhibit a large retrospective by Mario Merz (1925-2003). This is the first comprehensive presentation by the Italian artist in Sweden since the Moderna Museet show in 1983.
Mario Merz was a key-figure in the Arte Povera movement during the 1960's and 1970's. Arte Povera questioned many of modernism's artistic conventions and artists who took part in the movement were interested in the role of art as part of everyday life and applied the usage of cheap and readily available materials.
The exhibition Mario Merz / What Is to Be Done? focus on Merz as an innovator in the field of sculpture and display sculptures and installations made of wax, glass, metal, wicker, wood, photography and neon.
The exhibition is curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and co-produced by Bildmuseet and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds where the exhibition premiered in the autumn 2011.