Lucio Fontana

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Lucio Fontana, 'Concetto spaziale, New York 10', 1962 / © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano / by SIAE / Adagp, Paris 2014
Lucio Fontana, 'Concetto spaziale, Attese', 1966 / © Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano / by SIAE / Adagp, Paris 2014

A pioneer of abstraction in Italy in the 1930s, Fontana prefigured more informal artistic expression with his sandstone sculptures (1936), before founding the Spatialist Movement in 1947. Born in Argentina, Milanese by adoption and modern through and through, Fontana’s aspiration with his ‘Ambiente Spaziali’ and ‘Concetti Spaziali’ was always to complicate viewers’ relationship with space and light, creating sensory environments with neon signs, ceramic sculptures or punctured cloth. At the MAM, around 200 pieces retrace his radical career, which opened the way to artists working with dark and light like Yves Klein, Julio Le Parc, François Morellet and Dan Flavin.

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Claire M

An immense yet refreshing retrospective on a master of modern Italian art. I really appreciated the way in which we were introduced to Fontana's early works in terms of sculpture and ceramics, since his abstract paintings are the most well-known aspect of his career. Another great part of the exhibition: the reconstruction of several minimalistic but spectacular installations, that seem to project us right inside his sculptures and paintings. Maybe a lack of information about his life in particular, but the focus on his fascination with classical art, the Space Age and nature reinvented into abstraction, as well as an exhaustive collection of artworks, makes this exhibition essential. I warmly recommend it.