L'altro, lo stesso
Lida Abdul, Rosa Barba, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Joan Jonas, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Lawrence Weiner, Maglioni & Thomson
Fondazione Merz
11 December 2021
10:00 – 18:00

The ZACentrale project kicks off in the spaces of ZAC – Zisa Arti Contemporanee with which the Fondazione Merz, after several years of intense activity in the area, is inaugurating a permanent centre dedicated to the arts of our time in Palermo, thanks to a three-year agreement with the municipality.

This new exhibition and cultural adventure opens with the group exhibition curated by Beatrice Merz and Agata Polizzi: L’altro, lo stesso (‘The other, the same’).

The title of the exhibition, L’altro, lo stesso, is taken from a collection of poems by Jorge Luis Borges, dedicated to the process of recreation with which nature continually nourishes the birth of new life. The exhibition project focuses not so much on individual works of art understood as static objects, but rather on proposing a dynamic experience to the public in which the selected works, conceived as constantly evolving living forms, lend themselves to being nourished by each other in a process of mutual care that germinates continuous reactions.

The exhibition includes works by the international artists Lida Abdul, Rosa Barba, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Joan Jonas, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz and Lawrence Weiner and a sound work by the international artist duo Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson, who have adopted Palermo as their home. The work, specially commissioned for this occasion and set up in the space outside the building, will welcome visitors as they make their way to the entrance. Although presented as parts of an authentic ecosystem, the works each maintain full autonomy of language: the dialogue between different generations of artists, distant in time and cultural intentions, becomes a collective network in which each intervention contributes to the concept and function of the whole.

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