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Lucio Fontana
Lucio Fontana

Fontana sought to free himself from the spatial framework through agitated movements, fragmented and luminous surfaces and a Baroque-Expressionist gesture set in an alternation of concave and convex shapes. Directly modulating the material with his spontaneous movements, Fontana highlights the softness and versatility of the material being handled. The matter seems to sizzle, becoming very agitated and telluric, though capable of palpable pleasure. Fontana is oriented in the direction of sculptural research that sees shape as an event through light and space, charging the clay with vital energy. In his works, Fontana ceaselessly confronts the techniques and traditional themes that are characteristic of ceramics. He fills his work with landscapes, religious scenes, vegetal and animal subjects and even characters from the Commedia dell’Arte, in order to reinvent them and launch into avant-garde ideas and achievements, the results of which are his famous works Concetti SpazialiBuchi (since 1949) and Tagli (since 1958).

Lucio Fontana was born in 1899 in Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentina. In 1927 he studied sculpture in Italy and held his first exhibition at the Il Milione Gallery, in Milan (1930). During the following years, he travelled between Italy and France, working with expressionist and abstract painters. In 1940, in Buenos Aires, he taught sculpture at the Beaux-Arts before founding a private school, the Altamira Academy. Then in 1946 he signed the Manifesto Blanco, which was considered to be the first manifesto of the “spatialist” movement. In 1947, Fontana returned to Milan, where a small group soon gathered around his ideas, and led the way to several manifestos. His works have been shown in numerous one-man and group shows around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (1987), the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (1996 - 1997), the Hayward Gallery, London (1999 - 2000), the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006), and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome (2008). Lucio Fontana died in 1968 in Comabbio, Lombardy, Italy.

Exhibitions

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2020
Ceramics

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

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2020
Lucio Fontana. Walking the Space: Spatial Enviroments, 1948 – 1968

Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2020-19
Lucio Fontana. Collezioni di Terra e d’Oro

Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy

2019
Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold

Guggenheim Museo Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

2019
Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

2019-20
Lucio Fontana. Retrospective

Multimedia Art Museum - Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia

2017
Lucio Fontana. Crosses

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017-18
Lucio Fontana. Ambienti / Enviroments

Pirelli Hangar Biocca, Milan, Italy

2017
Lucio Fontana. En las colecciones publicas argentinas

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2017
Lucio Fontana. Crosses

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
Omaggio a Lucio Fontana

Fondazione Marconi, Milan, Italy

2015
Lucio Fontana. Concetti Spaziali

GAM Wunderkammer, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

2014
Lucio Fontana. Rétrospective

Musée de l’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

2014-15
Yves Klein / Lucio Fontana. Milano Parigi 1957 – 1962

Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy

2013
Ezio Gribaudo and Lucio Fontana. Chronicle of an American Journey 1961

Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY, USA

2012
Lucio Fontana. Sculpture, „Io sono uno scultore e non un ceramista“

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2011
Lucio Fontana. Vie Crucis (1947 – 1957)

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, Italy

Group exhibitions
2020-21
Lichtblicke – Adolf Luther und Künstlerfreunde mit Arbeiten von Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana und Yves Klein

Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany

2018
Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body

Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

2018
Arte Povera: A Creative Revolution

State Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2017-18
A TALE OF TWO WORLDS Experimental Latin American Art in Dialogue with the MMK Collection 1940s-1980s

Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

2017-18
Winter Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Spring Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Fontana, Zero and the Results

Frieder Burda Museum, Baden-Baden, Germany

2015
Du sollst Dir (k)ein Bild machen

Berliner Dom, Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2015-16
Winter Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015-16
Black Sun

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland

2015
ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014
Ceramic Spaces. Lucio Fontana, Norbert Prangenberg Thomas Schütte, Rosemarie Trockel, Markus Karstieß

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2013-14
Eine Handvoll Erde aus dem Paradies, Magische Objekte und Bilder aus dem Museum Morsbroich

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2013
Ressources poétiques

Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

2013
Gli anni Sessanta nelle Collezioni Guggenheim. Oltre l’Informale, verso la Pop Art

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2013
Il Senso e le Forme - Da Chadwick a Bonalumi

Galleria Blu, Milan, Italy

2013
Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL, USA

2013-14
Rotesque

SCHAUWERK, Sindelfingen, Germany

2012-13
Bianco Assoluto / White

Kanalidarte, Brescia, Italy

2011
Arp, Beckmann, Munch, Kirchner, Warhol – Klassiker in Bonn

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany

2011
Summer Exhibition 2011

Tate St. Ives St. Ives, UK

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