Luciano Fabro

Palazzo Fabroni

The Fabro retrospective at the Pistoia museum had the freshness and immediacy of a diary. Personal biography is always connected to his works, as the catalogue (designed by the artist himself) makes clear. Thus his story, his participation in arte povera, his progress as an individual through other shows, other writings, other perceptions, emerges through the sculptures, a critical text, and a photograph. Luciano Fabro’s visual “diary” develops by continually weaving together past and present, biography and history. The viewer is faced, not with a chronological sequence, but with sort of circular path where the works set up a dialogue with each other over a distance of time and visions.

The central hall of the museum contained a two-by-two-meter cube lined with mirrors on the inside and outside entitled Cubo di specchi (Cube of mirrors, 1969–75). It reflects what is happening around it,

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