Lucio Fontana: Ambienti

The new HangarBicocca exhibition in Milan, will let visitors walk through nine Lucio Fontana’s spatial environments, many specially reconstructed for the first time.

Lucio Fontana, Ambiente spaziale a luce nera, 1948-49/2017, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. ©Fondazione Lucio Fontana
Visitors to a major exhibition which will be staged at 15,000-square-metre Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan will be able to walk through several of Lucio Fontana ’s celebrated Ambienti spaziali (Spatial Environments) featuring different forms and colours which unfold through rooms, corridors and labyrinthine paths. The show “Ambienti/Environments”, opening on 20 September 2017, has been developed in collaboration with Fondazione Lucio Fontana.

 

Despite the innovation of the artist’s environments, this area of Fontana’s work is not widely known. It is only in recent years that scholars have started extensive research into this aspect of his practice and the show at Pirelli HangarBicocca will be a unique opportunity to see nine Spatial Environments and two environmental interventions reconstructed in full scale and presented together for the very first time. The exhibition has been developed as the result of research into so far unknown historical documents such as personal letters, architectural plans, photographs, magazine reviews, films and interviews with art historians and Fontana’s collaborators. All the traced material has been reviewed and approved by the Fondazione Lucio Fontana.

Img.12 Lucio Fontana, Ambiente spaziale, 1966/2017, installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana
Img.12 Lucio Fontana, Ambiente spaziale, 1966/2017, installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana
Among the exhibited works, the show will include reconstructions of key environments conceived for museums, such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1966 and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1967, and never exhibited since then. The exhibition is curated by art historian Marina Pugliese , Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and former Director of Museo del Novecento (20th Century Art) in Milan, conservator Barbara Ferriani, in charge of Laboratorio di Restauro at Triennale Design Museum and lecturer at the Centro di Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale, and Vicente Todolí, Artistic Director of Pirelli HangarBicocca and previously Director of Tate Modern in London from 2003-10.
Img.13 Lucio Fontana, Fonti di energia, soffitto al neon per “Italia 61”, a Torino, 1961/2017, installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana
Img.13 Lucio Fontana, Fonti di energia, soffitto al neon per “Italia 61”, a Torino, 1961/2017, installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana

21 September 2017 – 25 February 2018
Lucio Fontana: Ambienti/Environments
Curators : Marina Pugliese, Barbara Ferriani and Vicente Todolí
In collaboration with : Fondazione Lucio Fontana

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