Gianni Colombo

Castello di Rivoli

THE CONTEXT FROM WHICH Gianni Colombo (1937–1993) emerged was that of late-’50s Milan, where, after the period of art informel, artists were attempting to make work that reflected new ideas about how we perceive time and space, drawing not only on the legacy of Futurism but also on Gestalt theory and scientific studies. Among the figures who left their mark on Colombo, Lucio Fontana offered a means of exploring the performative and temporal dimensions of spatial structures, while Bruno Munari, another elder artist, focused on Surrealist techniques, the role of the machine in modern society, and the active involvement of the spectator. The influence of both men endured throughout Colombo’s practice, even as he became affiliated principally with kinetic art.

In 1959, Colombo cofounded (with Giovanni Anceschi, Davide Boriani, and Gabriele De Vecchi, who were joined by Grazia Varisco a year

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