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PRINT September 1986

Paul Groot

Luciano Fabro’s Jo, l’uovo (I, the egg, 1978) is included in Sonsbeek 86, but it particularly stays in my mind from a photograph. This shows a Roman fountain, in an almost fairy-tale light. In the waters of the basin floats the sculpture—a glowing bronze egg, open at one end so that we can see the gold-veneered interior. Do I remember seeing Fabro somewhere in the picture’s background? Or is he present only through the marks of his hands in the gold, and through a small image of him, in a fetal position, engraved on the bronze shell? The photograph has a quality of the ideal for me, and I often apply it as a standard when I look at other sculptures. Can they move me as this one does? Perhaps curator Saskia Bos feels the same way about the piece. Her real reason for exhibiting it, however, as with her inclusion in the catalogue of a Marcel Broodthaers text, is surely both works’ reference

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