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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 explore art. The Fondazione’s building, the former Officine Lancia power station, is a fascinating example of industrial architecture of the 1930s and located in area of Turin that has undergone extensive urban and cultural redevelopment in recent years. Chaired by Beatrice Merz, the Fondazione benefits from the collaboration of a scientific committee formed of Frances Morris (Director, Tate Modern, London), Vicente Todolí (Artistic Advisor, Hangar Bicocca, Milan), Richard Flood (Former Director of Special Projects & Curator at Large, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York) and Mariano Boggia (Merz’s Collection Manager) and from the advice of guest curators for the exhibition programmes. The Fondazione alternates exhibitions dedicated to Mario and Marisa Merz, offering so many opportunities for reflection and study of their work, with other major site-specific projects by national and international artists, who are invited to interact with the Fondazione’s space and its contents. It also cultivates research, exploring the new generations of artists with regular temporary shows. It organises events, including the events of visual arts, contemporary music and theatre entitled “Meteorite in Giardino” and “Scusi non capisco”, which every year create an opportunity to establish a dialogue between multiple disciplines relating to contemporary culture. The Library specialises in modern and contemporary art history and criticism; alongside the library there is the Archivio Merz, the main purpose of which is to gather together, order and conserve any documentation relative to Mario and Marisa Merz. The Education Department offers a variety of activities and services for different audiences to promote the relationship between the local area and the museum, spreading awareness of the languages and practices of contemporary art. The Mario Merz Prize is a biennial prize that aims to reveal talents in the fields of contemporary art and music composition through the expertise of an extensive international network of professionals. The project creates a new circuit of exhibitions and music events connecting Italy and Switzerland.

Foto: © Paolo Pellion

Via Limone, 24
10141 Torino TO
011 19719437

Opening times

Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., closed on Monday

Ticket prices

Free entry 

Children up to 10 years of age, disabled visitors and their carers, holders of Abbonamento Musei and Torino + Piemonte Card, journalists with valid press card or accredited, ICOM members, Merz Foundation members;

every first Sunday of the month

Reduced price 

visitors aged between 10 and 26, senior citizens over 65, groups of a minimum of 10 persons, holders of Pyou Card

Visit information

Availability for group visits
Reservations for groups
Schedule for fixed time visits 
+ 39.011 19719437
Telephone for group visits 
+ 39.011 19719437
Telephone for fixed time visits 
+ 39.011 19719437


Accessible to disabled visitors
Notices for disabled 

Fondazione Merz’s public services and exhibition spaces are accessible to visitors with limited mobility. Ask at the ticket desk staff at the entrance for a wheelchair to use in the exhibition spaces.
Strollers and prams may be brought into the space, except when special restrictions apply due to the nature of the works on view. A changing table is also available: just ask the ticket desk staff to direct you to it.

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