On Site: Lucio Fontana’s ‘Ambienti Spaziali’ with Curator Luca Massimo Barbero

On Site: Lucio Fontana’s ‘Ambienti Spaziali’ with Curator Luca Massimo Barbero


There’s a quote that I actually love,
when he mentioned the dimensions of ‘tagli’, of cuts, slashes: ‘When I sit before and I contemplate one of my slashes, I suddenly feel a great relaxation. the relaxation of the spirit. I feel myself to be a man freed from a slavery of matter a man belonging of the vastness of the present and the future the man that believes in human being intelligence.’ When you walk into the show, you’re actually dropped like a time-traveller in Milano in 1949, where
Fontana was installing his first Ambienti so this is actually the poster that he was hanging out of the gallery the gallery was completely empty and
Fontana was doing a very shocking installation of a floating form with the
black wood light nobody did it before Neon light was never used in
contemporary art either, so when Fontana started to use neon tubes, it was thanks to an architect asking him to draw on the the space, so Fontana invented in 1959 this Ambienti for the Trienalle Milano with the large staircase going up to the
shows, in order to really draw in the space Fontana is usually quoting the fact that we’re gonna drive into a new world, we’re
gonna plunge into a new space everything will be electric, everything would be appearing in the sky and a work of art will last forever Fontana is driving your perception
somewhere else in an artificial world where you can walk on carpets and look
at optical glasses and be actually driven through a new space of
perception and also a new dimension of a contemporary artwork that would last a few weeks and then be destroyed Documenta in Kassel became the place to be for every contemporary artist. In 1968, Fontana was invited to have a show. Instead of just bringing paintings he actually invented this Ambienti,
celebrating the white and the spirit and the philosophy of future – everything is
bright, everything is a maze but at the end, you’ll find a new dimension and at
the end of this Ambienti you’ll find one of his famous ‘tagli’ cuts Fontana writes a piece in between poetry,
music and literature. He says it’s a new dimension, I don’t want a little
sculpture to sell, I don’t want a painting to be hanging on the walls, I want
something else. I want an experience of the existence of the man in the cosmos… and at the end we are alone.

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