FROM CONCENTRIC CIRCLES TO FAMOUS CUTS
A survey exhibition at the Archaeological Museum examines his influence on other masters
The “Lucio Fontana’s Long Shadow. Those traces that were not cancelled” exhibition opens at the Regional Archaeological Museum of Aosta on April 13.
This survey exhibition is curated by Giovanni Granzotto and Leonardo Conti. It hinges upon a corpus of about twenty works by the Italian Argentine painter, including canvases, ceramics and papers from the late ’40s to the late ’60s. They retrace the artist’s creative progress, from his early concentric circles on paper to his very well-known cuts in the canvas. The exhibition aims to highlight how the Spatialist movement, which was initiated by Fontana’s research, gave origin to a new idea of art by interpreting in an original and modern way some of the concepts that marked the passing of an epoch: space, time, movement, and the new faith in scientific and technological discoveries. The main purpose is to shed light on the long shadow that Fontana cast on art; indeed, his Spatialism involved and affected the artistic research of generations of artists from the 1950s to the present.
The Archeological Museum also gathers works by great masters who internalised the themes and issues of Spatialism and developed new, original forms of artistic expression: Piero Manzoni’s Achromes, Agostino Bonalumi and Enrico Castellani’s extroflexed canvases, Alberto Biasi and Gianni Colombo’s research on Kinetic Art, as well as works by Giovanni Dova, Giuseppe Santomaso, Nunzio and many others. Room after room, the exhibition provides the visitor with a chance to observe some continuity in the spatialist vision, which makes it open even to the future.
Sonia Lucia Malfatti
LA SUA OMBRA LUNGA,
REGIONALE DI AOSTA
13/04 – 22/09