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(1919 – 2013), Italy

Maria Lai Biography

Maria Lai (Ulassai, 27 September 1919—Cardedu, 16 April 2013) is today one of the great names of the international art scene.

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Her artworks are in important museums world-wide and in some of the most prestigious private collections. One of the most unique and profound voices of Italian post-war art, Maria Lai has articulated her artistic practice through various media including weaving, embroidery, drawing and writing. Each work reflects the intense echo of an ancient relationship that recalls the dawn of narration and poetry. With Legarsi alla montagna (1981) and the involvement of the entire town of Ulassai, she created the first relational art work in Italy, distorting the traditional relationship between the author and the spectator of the work, transforming the public into the true architect of the artistic act.

The artist was celebrated in 2017 both at the 57th Venice Biennial and at Documenta 14, in the two Athens and Kassel venues, and in 2018 she was the protagonist of the important monogram Il filo e l’infinito at Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Text courtesy M77.

Exhibition view: Maria Lai, The time of the incalculable, M77, Milan (25 October 2021–26 February 2022). Courtesy M77. 

Maria Lai Featured Artworks

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Telaio di Maria Pietra 18 by Maria Lai contemporary artwork sculpture
Maria LaiTelaio di Maria Pietra 18, 1994Glazed ceramic
21 x 15 x 19 cm
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Telaio di Maria Pietra 16 by Maria Lai contemporary artwork sculpture
Maria LaiTelaio di Maria Pietra 16, 1994Glazed ceramic
25.5 x 16 x 7 cm
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Senza titolo by Maria Lai contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media, textile
Maria LaiSenza titolo, 1979Mixed technique, thread and paper.
28 x 22 cm
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Duemila natali di guerra by Maria Lai contemporary artwork textile
Maria LaiDuemila natali di guerra, 2008Mixed technique, fabric, thread and ink.
41 x 22 cm
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Volpe by Maria Lai contemporary artwork painting
Maria LaiVolpe, 1981Mixed technique on paper and thread applied on cardboard.
36 x 25 cm
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Senza titolo by Maria Lai contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Maria LaiSenza titolo, 2008Paper, thread, ink and tempera applied on cardboard
49.5 x 36 cm
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Pagina nera by Maria Lai contemporary artwork works on paper
Maria LaiPagina neraMixed technique
14.4 x 15.3 cm
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Senza titolo by Maria Lai contemporary artwork works on paper, textile
Maria LaiSenza titolo, 1978Mixed technique
40.3 x 29.5 cm
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Maria Lai Current & Recent Exhibitions

Maria Lai Represented By

M77 contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy M77 Milan
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