Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, La Luna a Venezia (Spatial Concept, Venice Moon), 1961, oil on canvas, 59 x 59".


Lucio Fontana

Peggy Guggenheim Collection | Venice
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni Dorsoduro 701
June 4–September 24

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero

Was Lucio Fontana really a romantic? Expect to see an underexamined side of his mature career in this exhibition, which unites two interrelated series for the first time. Fontana is perhaps best known for opening the “conceptual space” of spare, monochromatic paintings (each generically titled Spatial Concept) with physical incisions. In Venice in 1961, however, he sliced into canvases uncharacteristically caked with thick, swirling metallic paint and gave them naturalistic titles like Sky in Venice. While exhibiting this oddly baroque series in New York that same year, Fontana again adapted his signature gesture: The alternately jagged openings and glinting surfaces produced by cuts into copper sheets reflect his experience of the metropolis. With some seventy paintings, metal pieces, and drawings, this show should provide a deeper insight into the avant-garde master's oeuvre.