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Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale (Spatial Concept), 1962, oil on canvas, 45 5/8 x 35". © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome.

Paris

Lucio Fontana

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
April 25–August 24

Curated by Sébastein Gokalp and Choghakate Kazarian

This thorough overview of the Argentinean-Italian artist’s materially and aesthetically heterogeneous oeuvre will fill the Musée d’Art Moderne this spring. Realized in collaboration with the Lucio Fontana Foundation, the exhibition will include some two hundred works, presented chronologically, beginning with the artist’s earliest output—including his 1930s sculpture and ceramics, which notably cut across the stylistic divides of primitivism, abstraction, and realist figuration. In addition, expect neon installations from the ’50s, a broad selection of slashed canvases, and several of Fontana’s curious late religious works, which intriguingly came about during the very period—the late ’40s through the late ’50s—that also witnessed his return to abstract painting. A comprehensive catalogue with new essays by the curators and several scholars, plus an anthology of texts by Michel Tapié, Lawrence Alloway, and others, accompanies.