Fabrizio Plessi, Mariverticali, 2011. Mixed media, installation view.

Fabrizio Plessi, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Marisa Merz


Biennale di Venezia, Ca’ Pesaro, Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Venice recently hosted three solo shows by three leading Italian sculptors whose language couldn’t be more different: video-techno visionary Fabrizio Plessi at the Venice Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; Arte Povera master Pier Paolo Calzolari at the Ca’ Pesaro; and the mysterious, solitary Marisa Merz, whose works were integrated into the permanent collection of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia. Plessi has been obsessed by water and its voice since the beginning of his career. Ten years ago (at the 2001 Biennale), his Waterfire filled the windows of the Palazzo Correr with waterfalls and tongues of fire. This year, paying homage to Venice, water, and the ocean, Plessi created Mariverticali for the restored Venice Pavilion in the Giardini. …see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.