LUCIO FONTANA. Earth and Gold

Until 25 August
Exhibition closed

In an extraordinary set of works from the different eras along the path of art history, where space—the paramount problem of figurative art from the beginning—is “represented” in the most varied and innovative way, only Fontana is able to demonstrate the final achievement of his representation, because Fontana does not represent space; he creates it

The Lucio Fontana. Earth and Gold exhibition, curated by Anna Coliva, is dedicated to two specific modes of Lucio Fontana’s production, ceramics and paintings, selected among his Crucifixes and his works employing gold, respectively.

There are about fifty works—executed mainly in the decade between 1958 and 1968—mounted in an itinerary that includes two rooms on the sculpture floor and six rooms in the painting gallery.
The exhibition is part of the research project on key concepts of the collection and the place. Fontana is invited to a relationship with the Galleria as a subject in himself, a distinctive and specific artistic figure.
The Museum expresses spaces the perception of which can continually renew itself through the ways in which the statuary, the painted surfaces, and the extension of taste in collecting contribute to the configuration of the setting: all concepts that underwent radical innovation inside it with the birth of the Baroque and then of Neoclassicism, thanks to the complex relations that established themselves among different periods of the evolution of aesthetics.

Only the greatest innovator of space in modern art, Lucio Fontana, could fix the spectator’s eyes on the ingenuity of the place as space—on the cognitive importance of each single invention of space in works such as Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael’s The Deposition, Caravaggio’s Madonna and Child with St. Anne, Antonello da Messina’s Portrait of a Man, Dosso Dossi’s Melissa, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculptures.
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