• Ifigenia, 1978.

    Ifigenia, 1978.

    Fausto Melotti

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand-Hornu
    Rue Sainte-Louise 82
    March 21–June 20, 2004

    Curated by Laurent Busine

    Within the context of Italian art, sculptor Fausto Melotti (1901–86) had as profound an impact on his time as Lucio Fontana. Working as an abstract sculptor during the 1930s, a period that saw a return to figuration, Melotti radically changed the language of traditional sculpture, eliminating its weight in aerial metal constructions that appear threadlike and vibratile. Above all he rejected the Fascist rhetoric of the monument and the conventional use of marble and bronze. Recognized as a master in Italy, Melotti still remains underappreciated elsewhere. Perhaps this retrospective, comprising over one hundred works, is a first step in correcting this serious oversight.

    Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.