Luciano Fabro

Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen

Luciano Fabro is a highly original artist who makes no compromises and whose work stands apart from anything else happening in art. If he is a sculptor, he is like no other contemporary sculptor; pieces like “Italy”, “Feet”, “Hatstands”, and “Gems” constitute isolated worlds that are like no other work, and even dissimilar to each other. Fabro is no avant-garde artist; even if his work involves a reorientation of modern sculpture, his whole being is grounded in the history of art. His thought reflects the classical tradition continually, and the spatial concepts of Giotto and Correggio—the perception-oriented Italian mode which he opposes to the French style of Poussin and Marcel Duchamp. The latter, he feels, is deadened by rationalization.

“If the senses renew themselves in art, then art renews nature,” writes Fabro in this show’s catalogue. But how is this achieved? Can one detect in

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