- Mario Merz Milan, Italy, 1925 - Turin, Italy, 2003
- Material:Crystal, iron, quartz, slate, sand and heather branches
- Dimensions:250 x 500 x 500 cm
- Category: Sculpture
- Entry date:1998
- Register number:DE01310
Igloo del Palacio de las Alhajas (Igloo at Palacio de las Alhajas) is a work by Mario Merz done especially for the Correspondencias: 5 arquitectos, 5 escultores exhibition of 1982, curated by the sculptor Juan Muñoz. The title comes from the original site it occupied at the exhibition. Merz began building igloos when Arte Povera was in full swing in the late 1960s, using discarded industrial materials as well as natural elements to reflect an idea of setting up the archaic in opposition to the modern. Part of this approach was Igloo del Palacio de las Alhajas, which is a new take, years later, of a contemplation on the archetypal living space, at whose centre burns the primordial fire, around which the home is formed, represented here by a nucleus of quartz contained within a second igloo. Merz had a dual objective in his use of glass in this work: to give the work the luminosity associated with ice, and also to make it see-through so that the viewer’s gaze would penetrate through the outside of the hemispheric body right to the core of the sculpture, in keeping with the theme of transparency constant in his work. So the transparent property of glass as an artificial, manmade element is linked to the translucent aspect of ice as a natural element, which fits in with a more general view, typical of Merz’s work, to with the relationship between nature and culture.
Carmen Fernández Aparicio
Merz, Mario ( 1925-2003)Turín; Porto : Hopefulmonster; Fundación Serralves, 1999.
Mario Merz : il gatto che attraversa il giardino è il mio dottore = le chat qui traverse le jardin est mon docteur.Merz, Mario ( 1925-2003)Torino : Hopefulmonster ; Nîmes : Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, 2000.
Mario Merz : Kunsthaus Zürich, 3. April-27. Mai 1985 / [Austellung und Katalog, Mario und Marisa Merz, Harald Szeemann ; Übersetzung, Christine Brunner].Merz, Mario ( 1925-2003)[Zürich] : Kunsthaus Zürich, cop. 1985.
Mario Merz : [ lo spazio é curvo o diritto : Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Peci Prato, 26 maggio-17 settembre 1990].Merz, Mario ( 1925-2003)Firenze : Hopefulmonster, 1990.
Mario Merz : Museum Folkwang Essen, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, 1979 / [Redaktion, Zdenek Felix und Germano Celant ; Übersetzungen aus dem Italienischen, Marianne Wienert, Cornelia Moiso-Diekamp, Dorothee Kroll].Merz, Mario ( 1925-2003)Essen : Museum Folkwang, 1979.