Anna Maria Maiolino Desde A até M (From A to M) From the series "Mapas Mentais" (Mental Maps) 1972–99

  • Not on view

Maiolino is concerned with line as a presence in real space. Using sewing thread to mend gaps and create visual connections between her other materials, she questions division and opposition between inside and outside, positive and negative, black and white, and front and back. For her, both sides of a print and drawing are equally important: “I was intrigued by the space at the reverse side of the paper: what is behind it, what is out of sight—the other space of the absent, the latent, the concealed. I began to print both the front and backsides of the paper. Then, through cutting and folding, I was able to discover what was printed on the reverse and to incorporate it in the work together with the void left by the removal of the paper cut from it. Now the print did not only reside in the plane of the sheet, but by adding other dimensions became a graphic object.”

Gallery label from On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, November 21, 2010-February 7, 2011.
Thread, synthetic polymer paint, ink, transfer type, and pencil on paper
19 5/8 x 19 1/2" (49.8 x 49.5 cm)
Object number
© 2024 Anna Maria Maiolino
Drawings and Prints

Installation views

We have identified these works in the following photos from our exhibition history.

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].