(Mammendorf, Germany, 1947)
Gerhard Merz is a German artist who lives and works between Berlin and Pescia, in Tuscany. Merz’s career is dedicated to developing and perfecting the fundamental ideas of modernism. His large monochrome paintings are characterized by classical pigments and skillful craftsmanship. His works are experiments, territories in which to investigate perfection. To achieve this goal, Merz incorporates architecture as a standard and reference of meaning in his work, to achieve rigorous formal purity and to keep the complexity of ideas underlying the forms high. From 1977, for four consecutive editions he exhibited at documenta in Kassel, and in 1997 he designed the German Pavilion for the Venice Biennale.