Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan hosts, until February 25, the exhibition dedicated Lucio Fontana, born in Argentina, in 1899, and deceased in Italy, in 1968, was one of the most influential Italian artists of the mid-twentieth century. Fontana was a pioneer, and devoted his whole career to explore the concepts of space, light, the void and the cosmos. With his work, he overturned the logic with which painting, sculpture, and space were until then perceived as sealed off forms of expression. Indeed, Fontana obliterated the distinction between painting and sculpture transcending the two-dimensionality of the canvas with his famous slashes and holes.

The exhibition ‘Ambienti/Environments’ focuses on Fontana’s pioneering work in installation art, with a selection of his never seen before ‘Ambienti spaziali’ (spacial environments) that vigorously illustrate the far-sighted, innovative genius of this twentieth-century master. The ‘Environments’ are rooms and corridors that the artist began to conceive and design in the late 1940s, and which were almost always destroyed once the exhibition was over.

Exploring the concept of space with their ephemeral nature, ‘Environments’ constitute Fontana’s most experimental, yet least-known, artistic expression. Thanks to the collaboration of Fondazione Lucio Fontana, some of them have been reconstructed for the first time since the artist’s death through the extensive research of art historian Marina Pugliese and art conservator Barbara Ferriani, co-curators, with the Artistic Director of Pirelli HangarBicocca Vicente Todolí, of the exhibition.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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