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Large format paintings by Arnulf Rainer meet Mario Merz's installations at Arnulf Rainer Museum
Installation view of the exhibition at the Arnulf Rainer Museum.
BADEN.- For the first time since documenta 7 (1982) Rudi Fuchs, the internationally renowned exhibition maker, is presenting a joint show of works by Mario Merz and Arnulf Rainer. In Mario Merz | Arnulf Rainer" Deep Wide (Fragments) large format paintings by Arnulf Rainer encounter the room-filling installations and pictorial objects by Italian Arte Povera artist Mario Merz. The exhibition of around seventy works which has been put together in collaboration with the Merz Foundation opened on the 25 May in the classicist building of the former ladies’ bath in Baden.

“Both artists emerged in the Fifties as part of the broad and profound area of art suggestively termed Informel. It was not a coincidence that they shared a space at the documenta. We felt there was a spiritual kinship in the way they brought forms to light out of the underlying volatile and flowing structures and colours. All the natural forms in these mercurial works are incomplete and fragmentary,” says Dutch curator Rudi Fuchs.

As Artistic Director of the documenta art exhibition in 1982, Rudi Fuchs pursued the principle of presenting the works simply and sublimely. The dialogue and interrelationships between artworks is intended to arise from a conscious confrontation. In this way painting encountered sculpture: Arnulf Rainer’s “Fingerfarbenfest” from the hand and finger painting work period were shown with Mario Merz’s walk-in, semi-hollow, sandstone slab spiral with large bundles of twigs. Rudi Fuchs now expands this exhibition concept in DEEP WIDE [FRAGMENTS].

Painting and panel paintings by Arnulf Rainer (*1929) from the 1990s with their main motif, the cross, are on show. These T-shaped works, some of which were called “angel paintings” by Rainer, symbolize the apparel of angels, though this is divorced from any religious meaning. In contrast to the prior hand and finger paintings which he painted—by hand or brush—using heavily-applied, turbid and dark colours, the “angel pictures” appear fragile and light because of their inviscid application of colour.

For the purposes of comparison, DEEP WIDE [FRAGMENTS] presents Mario Merz’s (1925-2003) igloo made of stone slabs which is three meters in diameter along with a room-filling spiral table. With these clay, glass, steel, or stone igloos the Italian artist created large, twentieth century art icons. Using simple means such as everyday, natural materials he is regarded as one of the main representatives of the Arte Povera movement which originated in Italy in the 1960s.

The show is also exhibiting paintings, drawing and pictorial objects with characteristic elements which are repeated in much of Mario Merz’s work: Fibonacci numbers, neon tubes, spirals and archetypical prehistoric animals. The works are from the early 1980s and on loan from the Fondazione Merz and private collections. Most of them are being shown in Austria for the first time.

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