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Copyright Fondazione Lucio Fontana
 Fontana, Lucio (1899 - 1968)
Italy

Concetto Spaziale, Attesa, 1960

Natural Canvas;
68.5 x 69 cm
Spatialism

UID 102-202



Biography

Italian painter, sculptor and theorist, Fontana was born in Argentina but moved to Milan with his family in 1905. In 1922, returned to Buenos Aires where he set up his own studio for sculpture in 1924. Between 1928 and 1930, he studied at the Accademia di Brera. Some years later, he cut his links with the Novecento group and, in 1934, joined Abstraction-Création. He then began taking part in exhibitions held by the Corrente group. In 1937, he moved towards the neo-expressionist currents that were appearing in Italian cities in reaction to the Novecento group. During the Second World War, Fontana returned to Argentina where he founded the Altamira Academy with the artists Jorge Romero Brest and Jorge Larco. At the end of the 40s, beginning of the 50s, he finally opted for abstraction, with his monochromatic canvases which were ripped and perforated. He returned to Italy in 1948 and one of his last works was a series of Teatrini (small theatres). He was awarded first prize for painting at the 1966 Venice Biennale and had his first major retrospective at the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis.



Exhibitions

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
10-10-2003 ~ 13-03-2004

The Berardo Collection - A Voyage through the 20th Century
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-12-2004 ~ 30-04-2005

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Sin Título (el arte del siglo XX en la Colección Berardo)
Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Spain
29-06-2006 ~ 26-11-2006

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 09-09-2007

A Colecção Berardo a partir do Atelier Brancusi
Galeria Jornal de Notícias, Portugal
26-01-2007 ~ 24-03-2007

De Miró à Warhol. La Collection Berardo à Paris
Musée du Luxembourg, France
16-10-2008 ~ 22-02-2009

Arriscar o Real
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
08-06-2009 ~ 30-09-2009

Fragmentos Arte Contemporânea na Colecção Berardo
MACE, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal
24-09-2010 ~ 23-01-2011

Observers
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
14-02-2011 ~ 29-05-2011


Bibliography

Arte Povera in The Berardo Collection , 2005
Published by Centro das Artes - Casa das Mudas

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Colecção Berardo, Novas Aquisições, 2000
Published by Arte Ibérica

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176856

Lucio Fontana Catalogo Generale, vol I, 1986

Lucio Fontana Catalogue Raisonné, vol II, 1974

Sin Título (el arte del siglo XX en la Colección Berardo), 2006
Published by Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza
ISBN 8495892529

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

Helena Almeida. Feet on the ground, head in the sky, 2004
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9729071659







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