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MANUEL MÉRIDA

RÉTROVISEUR

We are pleased to welcome you to our viewing room.

Due to Covid-19, we would like to virtually share with you Manuel Mérida's Retrospective exhibition entitled "Rétroviseur", currently shown at the gallery.

For nearly fifty years, Manuel Mérida has developed a unique technique on the many possibilities matter may offer. From February 6 through March 27, 2021, the current exhibition “Rétroviseur” is meant to be a retrospective. On this occasion, the artist's very first catalogue Raisonné will be published by Espace Meyer Zafra with texts written by Matthieu Poirier, Art Historian and exhibition curator specializing in Kinetic Art, and Valentina Locatelli, Art Historian and South American Art specialist.

Manuel Mérida installing his solo exhibition at the Sala Mendoza Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela, 1973

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View of the exhibition Rétroviseur, 2021. Photo : Louis Matray

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Manuel Mérida

Pochoir Pointillé

Diameter of 34 cm (diameter of 13 2/5  in)

Painted wood, mixed media, glass, rotary mechanism

1988

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Sable

Diameter of 55 cm (diameter of 21 7/10  in)

Painted wood, sand, glass, rotary mechanism

1992

Price upon request

"During the year that followed the show at the Sala Mendoza Foundation in Caracas and all along the 1980s and 1990s, Mérida pursued his matterist experiments by enclosing all sort of materials in his revolving cases: not only pigments and wood dust but also glue, glass, metallic powders, painted wood, fragments of tiles, wire, et. al"

- Valentina Locatelli

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Manuel Mérida

Maquette

Diameter of 35 cm (diameter of 13 4/5 in)

Painted wood, confetti, glass, rotary mechanism

1990's

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Trace et Sable

Diameter of 48 cm (diameter of 18 9/10 in)

Painted wood, sand, glass, rotary mechanism

1990

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Cendre

Diameter of 60 cm (diameter of 23 3/5  in)

Painted wood, ash, glass, rotary mechanism

2011

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Matière

Diameter of 32 cm (diameter of 12 3/5  in)

Painted wood, debris, glass, rotary mechanism

1985

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida, Peinture Cinétique, 1999.

Manuel Mérida

Peinture Cinétique

Diameter of 69 cm (Diameter of 27 1/5 in)

Painted wood, pigments, glass, rotary mechanism

1999

 

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Untitled

Diameter of 45 cm (Diameter of 17 7/10 in)

Painted wood, pigments, glass, rotary mechanism

1986

 

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Rouille

Diameter of 53 cm (Diameter of 20 9/10 in)

Painted wood, rusty debris, glass, rotary mechanism

1990

 

Price upon request

Manuel Mérida is one of the major figures in the second generation of South American kinetic artists. Through his work, he seeks to avoid offering a still and unique vision, playing with the variations of colored matter such as pigments, sand, coal powder, wood particles, painted wood or painted metal which sublimate his monochromes. The works are constantly mobile and realized in various shapes, sizes and colors. The square or circular cases are filled with matter protected by a glass plate and rotating around a central axis. They spin abruptly through the hand of the spectator while the most recent ones activated by an engine, turn at a much slower pace.

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Manuel Mérida

Untitled

Diameter of 34 cm (diameter of 13,4  in)

Painted wood, debris, glass, rotary mechanism

1984

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Rouge

Diameter of 50 cm (diameter of 19,7  in)

Painted wood, pigments, glass, rotary mechanism

2017

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Blanc

Diameter of 48 cm (diameter of 18 9/10  in)

Painted wood, pigments, glass, rotary mechanism

2017

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Débris de Construction

Diameter of 39 cm (diameter of 15 2/5  in)

Painted wood, construction debris, glass, rotary mechanism

1989

Price upon request

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View of the exhibition Rétroviseur, 2021. Photo : Louis Matray

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Manuel Mérida

Usuyuki

122 x 122 x 10 cm (48 x 48 x 3 9/10 in)

Painted wood, wood, glass, rotary mechanism

1988

Private Collection

In this work by Manuel Merida named Usuyuki, one must see in the linearity of the pattern of this creation, an illusion of order (trompe l’oeil); a camouflage concomitant with the curves of the circular monochromes surrounding it, reinforces the reigning disorder of the masses and have an immense and joyful creative freedom escape.

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Manuel Mérida

Projet Installation Usuyuki n°1 et n°2

56 x 45 x 23 cm each (22 x 17 7/10 x 9 1/10 in each)

Plexiglas, wood, miniature tank truck and miniature car

2017

Price upon request

"There are artists who are great at speaking about themselves and who enjoy expressing the meaning of their works. In my case, I find it quite challenging to analyze my own. There are also artists who are better orators than creators… That-is-to-say that their theory often surpasses their actual work. My art speaks for itself.  The tendency to use theorist definitions about art, in some cases, traps them into their own creation." - Manuel Mérida

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Manuel Mérida

Papier froissé rose

53 x 52,5 cm (20 9/10 x 20 7/10 in)

Acrylic on crumpled paper

1977

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Papier froissé jaune

72 x 53 cm (28 3/10 x 20 9/10 in)

Acrylic on crumpled paper

1974

Price upon request

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View of the exhibition Rétroviseur, 2021. Photo : Louis Matray

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Manuel Mérida

Untitled (Catalysis' Series)

50 x 50 x 40 cm (19 7/10 x 19 7/10 x 15 7/10 in)

Plexiglas, electric engines, newspaper pieces, wood

1989

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Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Démolition

Diameter of 182 cm (Diameter of 71 7/10 in)

Painted wood, construction debris, glass, electric engine

2015 - 2018

 

Price upon request

Through his Demolition/Recycling series, Manuel Merida wishes to advocate an alternative to kinetic art and raises the question of what its true meaning and purpose are. With this series, he promulgates matter, as a central element of his work, and thus opposes kinetic art promoting the obliviousness of matter. For many years, this has been part of Manuel Merida’s doubts about contemporary art and this has led to a tropism of discourse in favor of the work itself. By engaging in the principle of demolition/recycling, which he started at the beginning of 1978 and for almost 5 years, Merida has been emphasizing his orientation towards recycling waste in order to integrate it into his works. He collects various objects that he has previously disinfected before inserting them into his circular cases used as hosts for cigarette butts, plastic, packing boxes or plastic bottles.

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Bleu Turquoise A

Diameter of 180 cm (Diameter of 70 9/10 in)

Painted wood, pigments, glass, electric engine

2020

 

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Installation Orange Manuchrome

250 x 280 x 130 cm (98 2/5 x 110 1/5 x 51 1/5 in)

Installation of 2 circles and one work Catalysis. Wood and mixed media

1972 - 2021

Price upon request

"Unlike Soto or Cruz-Diez, Mérida was not interested in the process of dematerialization nor in optical illusion based on the interaction of light and vibrations; he was rather keen on working with concrete and tangible elements and above all, wanted to underscore their materiality. In this context, his works in advertising and as a scenographer revealed themselves being important investments since they provided the artist with a full new set of technical and practical skills, a deep knowledge of materials, mechanics and, most importantly, a well-rooted sense of space and architecture that was actually the precursor’s element in Mérida’s big scale installations and which remained consistent in his work, up until today." - Valentina Locatelli

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Manuel Mérida

Catalysis Orange

35 x 35 x 35 cm (13 4/5 x 13 4/5 x 13 4/5 in)

Painted wood, plexiglas, painted sawdust, electric engines

1972

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Cercle Orange Signal

Diameter of 70 cm (diameter of 27 3/5  in)

Painted wood, pigment, glass, electric engine

2013

Price upon request

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Manuel Mérida

Tricolor

74 x 95,5 cm (29 1/10 x 37 3/5 in)

Acrylic on wood

1968

 

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Manuel Mérida

Maquette Tricolor

46,5 x 93 cm (18 3/10 x 36 3/5 in)

Acrylic on plaster

1978

 

Price upon request

As Pontus Hulten said in his text Movement-Time or the four dimensions of kinetic plastic: “Movement is a spark of life that makes art human and truly realistic. A work of art endowed with a kinetic rhythm that never repeats itself is one of the freest beings imaginable. ". In his early days, Mérida realized that the kinetic rhythm of the square shape was not optimal. According to him, this form was too protruding and as a result left the matter in the background, which was the central element of his work. From there, the circular shape would gradually impose itself in order to place the matter in the foreground. Within the exhibition, the viewer will have the opportunity to observe the confrontation that exists between the square and circular works of Manuel Mérida.

Manuel Mérida

Colorado ⎮ Carré Colorado

Diameter of 85 cm (diameter of 33 1/2  in) ⎮ 62 x 62 cm (24 2/5 x 24 2/5 in)

Painted wood, colorful paper cut, glass, electric engine ⎮ Painted wood, colorful paper cut, glass, electric engine

1998 ⎮ 1996

Price upon request

Merida has received multiple international awards with his works exhibited all over the world, making headlines in different media outlets and leading to interviews in some TV shows. The Parisian brand Hermès collaborated with Manuel Mérida to create stunning circles of different colors for all of the brand’s windows in Paris, New York, Geneva, Cannes, Shanghai and other major cities and likewise were acquired by the Cheval Blanc hotels of Louis Vuitton in Saint Barthelemy and in the Maldives where they are currently displayed.

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Hermes's window, New York, USA, 2012. Photo : Skot Yobbagy