Mario Merz Cone c.1967

Artwork details

Artist
Mario Merz 1925–2003
Title
Cone
Cono
Date c.1967
Medium Willow
Dimensions Object: 2210 x 1295 x 1295 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03674
Not on display

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Merz originally installed Cone with a pot of boiling beans inside. The sculpture concealed a source of energy, but steam rising from its funnelled top indicated that something was within. Proportioned in relation to the body, Cone also suggests a hiding place for a single person. This is one of a number of wicker works that Mario Merz had made by craftsmen in 1967. Like other materials employed in Arte Povera sculptures, wicker had few associations with fine art and instead suggested practical everyday objects.

April 2009

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