LUCIO FONTANA'S MABIENTE SPAZIALE IS RECONSTRUCTED AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO
Since January 23rd at El Museo del Barrio (New York, USA) the year begins with Italian-Argentinean artist Lucio Fontana’s Ambiente Spaziale (Spacial Environment) exhibition.
Created during the late 40s in relation to the spatialist movement -founded by Fontana in 1946- and presented for the first time in 1968, Ambiente Spaziale consists of a large labyrinth: an "environment where the viewer enters and navigates", they explain from El Museo.
The work that will be exhibited in the New York museum is being reconstructed under the same specifications that Fontana (1899-1968) did when it was produced. Ambiente Spaziale, as it is known, was originally conceived for Documenta 4 in Kassel, a few months before the death of the artist.
The installation, which will be exhibited at El Museo until April 14th, is presented as part of the exhibition Lucio Fontana: On the Treshold held on the same dates at The Met Breuer under Iria Candela and Estrellita B. Brodsky the curatorship.
About Lucio Fontana
Argentine born Lucio Fontana (b. 1899 – d. 1968) is recognized for his explorations of energy and dimensionality, as reflected in his characteristic approach of punching holes and cutting tears into the surfaces of his paintings, sculptures, and installations. The child of Italian parents, Fontana was born in Rosario, Argentina, and moved back and forth between Italy and Argentina throughout his life. After beginning his career as a figurative sculptor in Rosario, the artist briefly studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera before returning to Argentina on the cusp of WWII. There, with Jorge Romero Brest and Jorge Larco, he founded the Altamira art school in Buenos Aires, and with his students published the 1946 Manifiesto Blanco. This document forms the incipient manifestation of Fontana’s theory of Spatialism, which he would continue to develop upon his definitive return to Italy in 1947. A well-recognized artistic figure within his lifetime, Fontana exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale and Documenta 4. His art is included in major collections throughout the globe.