Lucio Fontana
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Lucio Fontana was born in Argentina, in Rosario di Santa Fé, son of Italians. After his studies in Italy, Fontana returned to Argentina where he collaborated with his father, sculptor and architect, in the production of funeral monuments. In 1927 he returned to Italy and enrolled at the Brera Academy where he took adolfo Wildt's sculpture course. He graduated in 1930 and immediately began the activity of sculptor that led him to be present at the Venice Biennale of the same year. In 1931 he exhibited at the Galleria del Milione in Milan, continuing to exhibit there in the following years regularly. In these years it is linked to the Group of Lombard Abstractists and the international movement "Abstraction-Création". In 1939 he returned to Argentina where in 1946 he published his "Manifiesto Blanco" in which he laid the foundations of the Spatialism he developed after his return to Italy in 1947. In fact, in 1947 he published the first "Manifesto of Spatialism" which is signed by Giorgio Kaisserlian, Beniamino Joppolo and Milena Milani. Then follow other posters on Spatialism touching all artistic forms even the nascent television. The ideas are realized with the presentation of the works at the Venice Biennale of 1948 and at the Galleria del Naviglio in 1949, where the first "Space Environment" shows the overcoming of the boundaries between painting, sculpture and architecture and their merging into the " Spatial Concept of Art". In this period Fontana operates the first holes in the canvases and realizes the large-scale neon that he presents at the Triennale di Milano in 1951.  In recent years the neon has been redone and stands on the ceiling of the highest hall of the Museo del Novecento in Milan, also visible from Piazza Duomo. In 1958 it was presented at the Biennale di Vernezia and in 1959 at the Galleria del Milione he presented the first cycle of the "Tagli" where with the gesture of cutting the canvas Fontana opens the work to the third dimension, that is to the space. He then glues variously colored glass sedges onto the canvas giving the works a baroque flavor. Then follow the cycles of the Teatrini,nature, fine di Dio,space environments, carried on until his death in 1968.

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