Lucio Fontana

- Selected Works
- Biography

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, February 19, 1899, from parents of Italian origin.
After completing his studies in Master Building in Italy, he returned to Argentina in 1921 and works with his father in the atelier of sculpture.
In 1928 he returned to Italy to attend the Academy of Brera. In the following years also began to take an interest in ceramics.
In early 1940 he moved to Buenos Aires where he worked intensely and wined numerous sculpture competitions. Professor of modeling at the School of Fine Arts, in 1946 he created with others a private art school: the Academy of Altamira, which became an important center of cultural promotion. Is here that, in contact with young artists and intellectuals, he develops his theories of artistic processes that lead to the publication of the Manifiesto Blanco.
He returned to Milan in April 1947, where he founded the “Movimento Spaziale” and, with other artists and intellectuals, he published the First Manifesto dello Spazialismo. He started again is work as a ceramist at Albisola and his collaboration with the architects. The following year he released the Second Manifesto of Spatiality. In 1949 he exhibited at the Galleria del Naviglio the Environment Space in black light causing great excitement and sensation.
In the same year he founded his most original invention, when, perhaps driven by his origins as a sculptor in search of a third dimension produced his first paintings by piercing the canvas.
Participation in international exhibitions and events follow one another continuously and the museums, galleries and collectors buy his works.
After leaving Milan and moving to Comabbio, village of origin of his family where he had restored the old farmhouse, he died September 7, 1968.
(From the Fondazione Lucio Fontana biography available on the website: )

- Exhibitions
  • 2019

    Lucio Fontana. Terra e Oro - Galleria Borghese, Roma
    Lucio Fontana. Omaggio a Leonardo - Museo del Novecento, Milano
    Lucio Fontana. La sua ombra lunga, quelle tracce non cancellate - MAR- Museo archeologico regionale, Aosta
    Lucio Fontana – Le due Pietà per il Duomo di Milano - Museo Diocesano, Milano
    Lucio Fontana. On the Threshold - Met Breuer and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Lucio Fontana - Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

  • 2018

    L’arte novissima. Lucio Fontana per il Duomo di Milano 1936-1956 - Museo del Duomo di Milano
    La storia dell’arte in galleria #3: Lucio Fontana, dalla ceramica ai tagli - Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art, Milano
    Lucio Fontana – Opere grafiche - Signori Arte, Albissola Marina

  • 2017

    Lucio Fontana – Disegni su carta 1934/1965 - Sala Lucio Fontana, Comabbio
    Lucio Fontana. Ambienti/Environments - Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano

  • 2015

    The Fontana I love - Galleria Tonelli, Milan
    Omaggio A Lucio Fontana - Fondazione Marconi, Milan
    Lucio Fontana - Concetti Spaziali - Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - GAM, Turin

  • 2014

    Lucio Fontana - Rediscovery Of A Masterpiece - Galerie Tornabuoni Art, Paris
    Lucio Fontana - Rétrospective - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris

  • 2012

    segno materia spazio - Galleria Forni, Bologne
    Lucio Fontana: Ceramics - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
    Lucio Fontana - hic et nunc - Galleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo, Arezzo
    Lucio Fontana - Ambienti Spaziali - Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
    Lucio Fontana: Prints and Sculpture - PGartventure gallery, Larchmont, NY
    Retrospettiva - Studio La Città, Verona

  • 2011

    Lucio Fontana - l'opera grafica - Galleria L'Elefante, Trévise

  • 2010

    Lucio Fontana: Paintings 1956-1968 - Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2009

    Lucio Fontana - Today is the 1st of October - Today I leave for Paris - Tornabuoni Arte, Florence
    Lucio Fontana - Galerie Tornabuoni Art, Paris
    Lucio Fontana. Le scritture del disegno - Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan
    Lucio Fontana - Zeichen und Zeichnung - Museum Liner, Appenzell

  • 2008

    Fontana. Luce e Colore - Palazzo Ducale, Genes
    Lucio Fontana – Beyond Space - Imago Art Gallery - London, Londres
    Il disegno all’origine della nuova dimensione - Museo d'Arte Mendrisio, Mendrisio
    Lucio Fontana: Paintings, Sculptures and Works on Paper - Ben Brown Fine Arts, Londres
    Lucio Fontana - Galerie Vedovi, Bruxelles
    Lucio Fontana. Scultore - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) , Rome

  • 2007

    Via Crucis - Lucio Fontana - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, São Paulo
    Lucio Fontana - At the Roots of Spatialism - Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Londres

  • 2006

    Lucio Fontana: alle radici dello Spazialismo - La Galleria - Italian Cultural Institute, New York, NY
    Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
    Lucio Fontana. Venezia / New York - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venise
    Lucio Fontana-The Poetics of Space between Creation and Representation - Stroganov Palace, Saint Pétersbourg

  • 2005

    Lucio Fontana - Ben Brown Fine Arts, Londres

  • 2004

    Carriera "barocca" di Fontana - Galleria Amedeo Porro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Milan

  • 2003

    Lucio Fontana - Milan Dobes Museum, Bratislava

  • 2002

    Lucio Fontana - le ceramiche - Studio La Città, Verona

  • 2001

    Lucio Fontana - Galería Elvira González, Madrid

  • 2000

    Lucio Fontana - Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1999

    Lucio Fontana - Centro per l\'Arte Contemporanea Palazzo Rocca, Chiavari, GE
    Lucio Fontana - Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires
    Lucio Fontana - Hayward Gallery, Londres
    Gold - Gothic Masters and Lucio Fontana - Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1998

    Lucio Fontana - La fine di Dio - Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich
    Lucio Fontana - entre materia y espacio - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
    Lucio Fontana - entre materia y espacio - CaixaForum Palma, Palma de Mallorca
    Lucio Fontana - Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

  • 1997

    Lucio Fontana - Works on Paper - Pace Gallery - LA, Beverly Hills, CA
    Il Disegno - Zeichnungen und Skulpturen - Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

  • 1994

    Fontana - Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, FE

  • 1991

    Opere su carta - Galleria In Arco, Turin

  • 1990

    Lucio Fontana: il disegno - Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena

  • 1989

    Homage to Lucio Fontana - Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation, New York, NY

  • 1988

    Omaggio a Lucio Fontana - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venise
    Lucio Fontana - Whitechapel Art Gallery, Londres
    Lucio Fontana - 1899 - 1968 - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam

  • 1987

    Lucio Fontana - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris

  • 1986

    Lucio Fontana. La cultura dell’occhio - Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin
    Lucio Fontana e il sacro - Galleria San Fedele, Milan
    Lucio Fontana - Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1978

    Lucio Fontana - Akira Ikeda - Nagoya, Nagoya

  • 1977

    Lucio Fontana, 1899-1968 : a retrospective - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

  • 1976

    Lucio Fontana, Concetti Speziali - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich

  • 1975

    Lucio Fontana - Akira Ikeda - Nagoya, Nagoya

  • 1970

    Lucio Fontana - Bilder 1949 – 1961 - Galerie m Bochum, Bochum
    Lucio Fontana - Galleria Morone, Milan

  • 1968

    Lucio Fontana - Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf
    Lucio Fontana - kestnergesellschaft, Hannover

  • 1967

    Lucio Fontana. Idéer om rymden - Moderna Museet, Stockholm
    Lucio Fontana - concetti spaziali - Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
    Lucio Fontana - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam

  • 1966

    Lucio Fontana - Galleria del Cavallino, Venise
    Fontana - Galerie Alexandre Iolas - Paris, Paris
    Lucio Fontana - the spatial concept of art - Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
    Lucio Fontana - the spatial concept of art - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • 1962

    Fontana: paintings 1962 - McRoberts & Tunnard Gallery, Londres
    Lucio Fontana - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

  • 1961

    Lucio Fontana - ten paintings of Venice - Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY
    Lucio Fontana - Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf

  • 1960

    Fontana - McRoberts & Tunnard Gallery, Londres
    Lucio Fontana - Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf

  • 1959

    Lucio Fontana - Galleria L'Attico, Rome

  • 1957

    Ceramiche spaziali di Lucio Fontana - Galleria del Cavallino, Venise
    Fontana - Galleria Selecta, Rome

  • 1937

    Lucio Fontana - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris

  • 1935

    Lucio Fontana - Galleria del Milione, Milan

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