Named after Mario Merz, the Fondazione was established in 2005 as a centre for Contemporary Art with the intent to host exhibitions, events, education related activities, and to further research and to explore art.
Presided over by Beatrice Merz, the Fondazione makes use of the collaboration of a scientific committee comprising Vicente Todolí (artistic advisor at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milano), Frances Morris (Director at Tate Modern, London), Richard Flood (Director of Special Projects & Curator at Large of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York) and Mariano Boggia.
The Education Department offers a variety of initiatives for different audiences to advance appreciation for contemporary art: guided tours, workshops for students, training for educators, and mediation service to the visiting public.
The Fondazione’s building, a former heating plant for the Lancia factory, a fascinating example of industrial architecture from the 1930s owned by the city of Torino and given in concession to the Fondazione Merz. The building has an overall area of 3,200 meters, of which 1,400 for an exhibition area over three floors and including an external area.
More recently, The ZACentrale project kicked off in the spaces of ZAC – Zisa Arti Contemporanee with which the Fondazione Merz, after several years of intense activity in the area, inaugurated a permanent centre dedicated to the arts of our time in Palermo, thanks to a three-year agreement with the municipality.