While her male contemporaries built art from the detritus of Italy’s industrial age, many of Merz’s ingenious sculptures, paintings and installations are made from humble domestic items and traditional craft techniques. She has a natural affinity with materials, fashioning strange and fragile objects out of clay, copper wire, metal and fabric.
This exhibition brings together sculptures, paintings and installations from the 1960s to the present, and in particular her Living Sculpture series, a collection of suspended objects made from twisted aluminium. This is the first solo show since Merz won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for her lifetime’s achievement. The exhibition is one of two opening shows for the newly launched Serpentine Galleries. Adrián Villar Rojas: Today We Reboot the Planet runs concurrently at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.