Radiceterna, Palermo

Radiceterna, Palermo 19.05.2018 | 04.11.2018

19 May – 4 November 2018

Opening Saturday 19 May 2018 at 6 pm

Calidarium dell’Orto Botanico, Via Lincoln 2, Palermo

The Fondazione takes part in Calidarium, a special project included in the Manifesta 12 Collaterals events program, with a work by Mario Merz titled Se la forma scompare la sua radice è eterna (1984).

From the partnership with Radiceterna association and Sicilian winery Planeta begin the production of a special bottle, which will reproduce on the label the work by Mario Merz.


On Saturday May 19th 2018 at 6 pm, the cultural association Radiceterna Arte e Ambiente is pleased to present the new library with adjacent temporary exhibition space created in the eighteenth-century Calidarium building of the Botanical Gardens, part of the Museums System (SiMuA) of the University of Palermo. This project is curated by Valentina Bruschi, Ignazio Mortellaro, Eveline Wüthrich and Vittorio Rappa and is part of the Collateral Events of Manifesta12, the European biennial of contemporary art. Its objective is to offer students and the wider public of the Botanical Gardens a place for the study of Art and Nature. The title “Radiceterna” refers to a seminal 1984 work by Mario Merz (1925-2003), Se la forma scompare la sua radice è eterna, inspired by a verse of XIII century Persian poet, Gialal al-Din Rumi. Mario Merz’s artwork will be installed outside the Calidarium, as a special project powered by Fondazione Merz.

Radiceterna comprises the creation of a library, thanks to the support of Planeta, with a collection of books from national and international publishing houses curated by Eveline Wüthrich (co-founder and coordinator of “I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel”, an art book fair based in Basel and held every year, since 2012, simultaneously with Art Basel) and an exhibition space devoted to the research of Art and Nature.

On the occasion of Manifesta12, the project presents a four exhibition programme curated by Valentina Bruschi, Ignazio Mortellaro and with the artistic coordination of Vittorio Rappa: Allora & Calzadilla, Katinka Bock, Björn Braun, Ignazio Mortellaro. The entire project references Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia (a collection of 37 books which treat, in an encyclopedic form, all the topics concerning Man and Nature, written around 77- 79 AD). Some passages taken from the monumental work of Pliny are inscribed above the octagonal hall of the Gymnasium, the central building of the Botanical Gardens.

For further information: www.radiceterna.org