Studies for the Spatial Concept (sculpture)

1967 (drawings on the front and back of the sheet)

YEAR: 1967
TECHNIQUE: Ballpoint pen on paper
DIMENSIONS: 28 x 22 cm

PUBLICATIONS “Lucio Fontana. Reasoned catalog of works on paper “, by Luca Massimo Barbero, Skira, 2013, p. 982 Authentication of the Lucio Fontana Archive on photography.


Painter and sculptor (Rosario, Santa Fé, 1899 – Comabbio 1968). In Milan he attended the Brera Academy and was in contact with the group of artists gravitating around the Galleria del Milione, where, in 1931, he exhibited his first abstract sculptures. Member of the French group Abstraction – Création, in 1935 he joined the movement of the Italian Abstractists signing the manifesto of the first collective exhibition of Italian abstract art in Turin. Back in Argentina he taught in Buenos Aires and in 1946 he designed the Manifiesto blanco, which marked the beginning of his “space” experiences; the following year, in Milan, he signed the first manifesto of the space movement.

To 1952 belong the first holes and the paintings painted with color often mixed with fragments of glass (Concetto spaziale, 1952, Fontana collection, Milan, Spatial concept, 1954, National Gallery of modern art, Rome) while in 1958 appear cuts in the canvas (Attese, 1958, Fontana collection, Milan) that F. experimented in parallel with sculpture in the series of Nature. Followed cycles of works such as The End of God (1963) and the Teatrini (1964) presented in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. An anthology was dedicated to the importance of color in the work of F. in Genoa (2008). Numerous techniques used by F .; particular importance has in his work the ceramics. In 1966 he obtained the International Grand Prize for painting of the Venice Biennale.