b. Argentina 1899
d. Italy 1968
Lucio Fontana was an Argentine-Italian painter, sculptor and theorist. The artist was the founder of Spatialism, movement founded in Milan in 1947 in which Fontana grandiosely intended to synthesize colour, space, sound movement and time into a new type of art. Fontana implemented this theory in his series Concetto Spaziale (‘spatial concept’), punching holes in the picture plane and slicing through his canvases in order to expose the dimensional space beneath. Fontana’s innovative theories prefigured later developments in environmental art, performance art, and Arte Povera. His work can be found in the permanent collections of more than one hundred museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.