Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1955. Oil and glass on canvas, 51 x 75 cm. Signed and dated (lower right): “L. Fontana, ’55“; signed, titled and dated (on the reverse): L. Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1955". Courtesy MAZZOLENI at TEFAF Maastrich 2023

ProvenancePrivate Collection, Paris (186/48)
Galerie Michel Couturier, Paris
Galleria Medea, Milan
Galleria Seno, Milan (11/50)
Private Collection, Milan (1983)

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) founded his poetics of “Spatialism” on the analysis of the virtual space (the space of the artwork), which the artist tries to intersect with the real space. This process is oriented in two different directions: one is the informal, multi-material “baroque,” which inverts the space of the work towards the spectator. In such series - such as “Pietre” (“Stones,” 1952-56) - the surfaces are enriched with fragments of glass and precious stones.

The second one is the essentiality of the “cuts,” monochromatic and rigorist. During this period, Fontana’s works begin to have a simpler and more linear geometry, as seen in the series “Buchi” (“Holes,” 1955-68) and “Tagli” (the first “Cuts” are from 1958), his most perfect incarnation of purity and rigour, able to suspend time into a gestural instant. “Concetto spaziale” (1955) on display presents a perforated surface enriched with a “constellation” of glass fragments, which create a further implied spatial dimension: jutting out they contrast with the hollows created by the holes and open up new imaginary paths. This work has been exhibited in a number of important institutions, such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, and Palazzo Reale in Milan.