The catalogue of the exhibition - Lucio Fontana - En El Umbral. / ルーチョ・フォンタナ展 - En El Umbral.

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The catalogue of the exhibition - Lucio Fontana - En El Umbral. / ルーチョ・フォンタナ展 - En El Umbral.
Lucio Fontana / ルーチョ・フォンタナ
Guggenheim Bilbao
h273 × w217 × d30mm
Spanish / スペイン語

Lucio Fontana is an Italian painter and sculptor born in Argentina in 1899. After studying architecture, he studied sculpture at the Brera School of Fine Arts in Milan. In 1935, he joined the Parisian abstract art group Astraxion Création. The group brought together artists such as Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and Taro Okamoto. When World War II broke out, he stayed in Buenos Aires, where in 1946 he drafted the "White Manifesto" with his colleagues and students at the Altamira Academy, where he was teaching, and preached the need for art that goes beyond existing painting and sculpture to meet the needs of a new age. After the war, he returned to Milan, where he declared his "Spatialism" in 1947, and in 1949 began painting with holes in the canvas, and from 1951 began experimental works with neon lights and black lights hanging from the ceiling. He advocates an art that transcends the existing framework of painting and sculpture, and that exists in tandem with the development of science. In the "Spatial Concept" series, one of his representative works, he examines what space is, drilling holes in the canvas, cutting with a knife, and sometimes using pebbles, glass, and other materials that are not used as materials in traditional painting. In 1966, Fontana won the Grand Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale. Fontana's experimentation has had a major impact on postwar art, including Italy's "Arte Povera" (Poor Art).


Catalog of Fontana's exhibition at the Guggenheim Bilbao. It explores the artist's world through an analysis of his career, from his early sculptures to his famous Katz, cut paintings and environments. Includes essays by Emily Brown, Andrea Giunta, Anthony White, Enrico Crispolti, Pia Gottschaller, and catalog editor Ilaria Candela.


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