Luciano Fabro


At the time of his sudden death in June 2007, Fabro had already written specific notes and instructions about the installation and catalogue texts for this exhibition, entitled “Didactica Magna Minima Moralia.” He had decided, with curator Rudi Fuchs, to limit the selection to his earliest works, created between 1963 and 1968; that is, before the birth of arte povera, of which Fabro was one of the acknowledged leaders.

From the beginning, his work was distinguished by a proliferation of eclectic materials, careful attention to technical production, and consideration of the properties of different surfaces, forms, and materials, the positions and relationship between objects and space, and the way in which these “behave” with each other. Fabro’s lucid and playful modus operandi, which distances his work from the rigors of minimalist sculpture, places it, rather, within the path opened up by

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