Lucio Fontana, Terra e Oro at Villa Borghese
#ROMAThe Galleria Borghese is dedicating an exhibition to Lucio Fontana’s gold “Concetti spaziali” and ceramic “Crucifixions”. This is the first time that the Roman institution has invited an Italian artist from the 20th century to its premises after having organised major retrospectives in recent years: Bacon, Giacometti or Picasso. A consecration for this avant-garde artist, founder of the space movement who since 1949 has imposed his mistreated, incised, perforated monochromes to claim the three-dimensionality of his works: For him, the thus mistreated canvas changes status and is no longer a flat support: it records the passage of time and thus interacts with light.
In dialogue with the permanent tenants (Botticelli, Bruegel l’Ancien, Le Titien or Le Caravage among others) and presented in the various rooms dedicated to painting or sculpture, the fifty or so pieces by Lucio Fontana, oils on canvas with gold and ceramics, are essentially from the period 1958-1968, the year of his death. The exhibition is completely in line with the institution’s approach, which today seeks to enhance, on the one hand, its exceptional spaces in terms of architecture (Renaissance) and the identity of its permanent collection.
In this extraordinary tangle of works from the different periods of art history, where space – the pitfall and original questioning of figurative art – is “represented” in the most varied or innovative way possible, only Lucio Fontana could demonstrate the final realization of this representation, because Fontana is not space… he creates it. He radically goes beyond his representations that were only spatial claims – (space “represented”) – and builds a new space.
It is true that appealing to this great “innovator” of modern art is a matter of great maturity in the exercise of curation and the desire to bring together in the same space periods, movements, artistic thoughts and approaches that are sometimes at odds with each other (Curated by Anna Covida). Lucio Fontana’s pieces reveal here all the ingenuity of this architectural jewel and its treasures (sculptures by Bernini, altarpiece by Raphael).
Until August 25, 2019
Lucio Fontana: Terra e Oro
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