Lucio Fontana. Self portrait

Works 1931-1967

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    via Fondazione Magnani-Rocca, 4 - Traversetolo
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    Mar 12 - 3 Jul
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The Lucio Fontana. Self-portrait exhibition originates from the relationship between the artist, founder of Spatialism and one of the greatest masters of the 20th century, and the art historian Carla Lonzi, a pupil of the celebrated academic Roberto Longhi; Lonzi revolutionised the idea of militant art criticism with her book of interviews, Self-portrait. Accardi, Alviani, Castellani, Consagra, Fabro, Fontana, Kounellis, Nigro, Paolini, Pascali, Rotella, Scarpitta, Turcato, and Twombly, edited by De Donato, Bari, in 1969.
Including about 50 works, the exhibition is held at the Villa dei Capolavori, headquarters of the Fondazione Magnani-Rocca in Mamiano di Traversetolo, near Parma.

Works from various periods are showcased, from the 1930s sculptures to the 1940s-1960s “Spatial Concepts” (“Holes” and “Slashes”), as well as the bronze “Little Theatres” and “Natures”; spectacular are the huge New York 10, 1962, copper panels with lacerations and graffiti, juxtaposed with light to evoke the shining modernity of the metropolis, and the very powerful La fine di Dio (The End of God), 1963, a large work made of oil, slashes, holes, graffiti, and sequins on canvas, emblematic of the artist’s spatial and religious conception. The itinerary ends with works by Enrico Baj, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Luciano Fabro, Piero Manzoni, Giulio Paolini, and Paolo Scheggi, younger artists that the master followed and promoted, coming from Fontana’s personal collection. The photography series by Ugo Mulas, with Fontana as the subject, is particularly suggestive; two other works by the great photographer are also on display: one of them is a photoshoot documenting the entire process, from the first “hole” to the finished work, of one of Fontana’s pieces of art, making it a unique case in both the photographer’s and the artist’s history.

A peculiar feature of the project is having recovered the audio file of the original and integral conversation, in which one can hear the very voice of Fontana talking about his work, his life as an artist, his activity as a collector but also about experiences and daily events (in the 1969 volume, Lonzi published only part of the long interview). Fontana’s words are used both as a sound installation and a narrative thread throughout the Self-portrait exhibition’s itinerary.

Last update 19/03/2022

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