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MART - Lucio Fontana, a European master. The poetics of a space between invention and depiction

  • 03

    March 2006
  • 11

    May 2006
St Petersburg - The State Russian Museum, The Marble Palace  

Mart presents Lucio Fontana in Russia. Forty works by Fontana, illustrating a fundamental period in the Italian artist's career, that of his "spatialist" research between 1951 and 1967, will be on show at the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

This is the second exhibition organised in Russia by the Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart), in the wake of Futurismo. Novecento. Astrazione. Arte italiana del XX secolo, presented at the Hermitage in 2005.

Lucio Fontana, un maestro europeo. La poetica dello spazio tra invenzione e rappresentazione, is curated by Gabriella Belli with the collaboration of a ordering committee comprising Luciano Caramel, Francesco Tedeschi and Giorgio Verzotti.

The selection to be exhibited at the Marble Palace includes works chosen to offer the spectator an overview of the central themes in the Italian artist's work, which has been one of the protagonists of post-war European and world art.

The exhibition is divided into four sections covering key themes in Fontana's research.
The first concerns the relationships between "space, matter and dynamism", analysed in works from the 1950s, such as a Concetto spaziale with black ground of 1955, or a Concetto spaziale with white ground of 1956, one of the most interesting of the series of pictures with "stones" of coloured glass.

The second section describes the use of space seen as "light" . This is a common theme in all of the artist's work, as evidenced by such works as a Concetto spaziale with red ground of 1955 and a Concetto spaziale, attese of 1959, one of the first with "slashes" and the use of gold colour. This section will also offer the opportunity to admire one of the most appealing canvases of the 1961 cycle dedicated to Venice, Sole in piazza San Marco.

In the third section of the exhibition, space becomes "depiction" . In the "Teatrini" ('little theatres') of the 1960s, Fontana returned to the conception of the canvas as a location for a depiction of images and forms that deposit themselves there. And at the same time, Fontana's space becomes "metaphysical", thanks to the unusual solution offered by the oval pictures of the so-called "Fine di Dio" ('End of God') series.

Finally, the fourth section presents "space as space", as a fruitful and significant sequence of pictures elaborated with the famous "slashes". In the exhibition catalogue, Gabriella Belli writes: "Fontana's final arrival point is the slash in the canvas, a simple yet absolute gesture, which in denying the two-dimensionality of the painted surface, opens itself up to deeper considerations of a not only physical but also 'metaphysical' and philosophical nature



Opening times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Closed Monday

Full: Euro 8
Reduced: Euro 5
School parties: Euro 1 per pupil
Family ticket: Euro 20

For further information:
Call center: 800 397760
Museum: 0464 438887