Lucio Fontana

TypeArtist
Male
Associated person(s)
URLsWikipedia German entry
Wikipedia English entry
Documentation Fondazione Lucio Fontana
Review Contribution of the Deutschlandfunk
Review Luethy, Michael: Subjekt und Medium in der Kunst der Moderne. Delacroix – Fontana – Nauman
Review Luethy, Michael: Luethy, Michael: Vom Raum in der Fläche des Modernismus
Initiatives/projects Manifiesto blanco (english version)


Awards
Award1962Premio MarzottoValdagno, Italy


Exhibitions
Retrospective2014Lucio Fontana RétrospectiveMusée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de ParisParis, France
Retrospective2006 - 2007Lucio Fontana: Venice/New YorkPeggy Guggenheim CollectionVendice, Italy/ New York, USA
Retrospective1999Fondazione Lucio FontanaMilan, Italy
Retrospective1998Palazzo delle EsposizioniRom, Italy
Retrospective1987 - 1988Centre PompidouParis, France
Retrospective1977Peggy Guggenheim CollectionNew York, USA
Group exhibition1968documenta 4documentaKassel, Germany
Solo exhibition1966Walker Art Center,Minneapolis, USA
Solo exhibition1961Martha Jackson GalleryNew York, USA
Group exhibition1959documenta IIdocumentaKassel, Germany
Group exhibition19595. Biennale von São PauloSão Paulo, Brasilia
Group exhibition1950 - 195425. & 27.Biennale di VeneziaBiennale di VeneziaVenice, Italy
Solo exhibition1931Galleria del MilioneMiulan, Italy


Artworks in Collections
Stedelijk MuseumAmsterdam, Netherlands
Centre PompidouParis, France
Museum of Modern ArtNew York, USA
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte ModernaRome, Italy
Museum of Contemporary Art Villa CroceGenoa, Italy


Publications
Monograph2017TASCHENFontanaBarbara Hess978-3836545679Cologne 
Monograph2014MIT Press LtdLucio Fontana: Between Utopia and KitschAnthony White978-0262526159Cambridge, Massachusetts 
Monograph2014Paris MuséesLucio Fontana : RétrospectiveChoghakate Kazarian, Sébastien Gokalp, Collectif978-2759602360Paris 
Monograph2015Das WunderhornZERO: Zwischen Himmel und ErdeSarah Czirr, Frank-Thorsten Moll978-3884235027Heidelberg 
Monograph2012SkiraLucio Fontana Ambienti Spaziali: Architecture, Art, EnvironmentsGermano Celant978-8857214290Milan 


1968
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Died

Comabbio, Italy

1968
1949
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Projects

Milan, Italy
Ambiente spaziale, Forerunner of the environment

1949
1948
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Publications

Milan, Italy
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Manifests of the "Movimento spaziale" (Spazialismo, Spatialism,)

1948
1946
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Publications

Buenos Aires, Artentina
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Manifiesto bianco (White Manifesto)

1946
1946
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Research and teaching

Buenos Aires, Argentina
founder of the "Academia de Altamira"

1946
1928 - 1930
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Education

Milan, Italy
Study of Sculpture, Accademia di Brera

1928 - 1930
1914 - 1918
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Education

Milan, Italy
Baugewerbeschule, graduate engineer

1914 - 1918
1899
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Born

Rosario, Argentina

1899

"I do not want to make a painting; I want to open up space." Lucio Fontana

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/lucio-fontana-quotes-for-birthday-426716 (13.05.2019)

Lucio Fontana’s body of work has come to be regarded as a powerful precedent for numerous 20th-century movements, including environmental art, performance art and Arte Povera.

https://www.sothebys.com/en/artists/lucio-fontana (13.05.2019)

The main idea behind Spatialism was to create a form of art that would make synthesis of sound, colour, movement and space in one single artwork. As he explained in Manifesto Blanco, his ultimate desire was to create a unity of art and space: “Colour, an element of space; sound, an element of time; and movement, unfolding in space and time.” Fontana also found inspiration in the Futurists’ fascination with technology. He wanted to encourage artists to embrace modernity and use new techniques suitable for a modern age.

Fontana was obsessed with the conceptual dimension of the art and perceived it as an instrument for research, rather than a mere matter of aesthetic. As he put it, “I do not want to make a painting; I want to open up space, create a new dimension, tie in the cosmos, as it endlessly expands beyond the confining plane of the picture.”

These innovations opened up new perspectives for artistic research, foreshadowing major artistic movements of the 20th century such as Arte Povera, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Zero.

https://blog.artsper.com/en/a-closer-look/lucio-fontana-a-visionary-artist/ (13.05.2019)

 

 

 

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Ambiente spaziale a luce nera photo Ambiente spaziale a luce nera 1948 Lucio Fontana 
Struttura al Neon per la IX Triennale di Milano photo Struttura al Neon per la IX Triennale di Milano 1951 Lucio Fontana