Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris
25 April – 24 August, 2014
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
+33 1 53 67 40 00

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) is considered one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century, his work deeply influencing several generations of artists, from Yves Klein to the present. This major retrospective in Paris brings together more than 200 sculptures, paintings, ceramics and installations to provide an overall view of his atypical path and his ever changing styles.

The show displays and extraordinary body of work ranging from the 1920’s to Fontana’s death in 1968, naturally structured by the artist’s key cycles: primitive and abstract sculptures, drawings, polychrome ceramics, Spatialist works, punctured canvases, Art Informel works, installations, Tagli (cuts), Nature, Fine di Dio, Olii,Venezie, Metalli and Teatrini etc, oscillating between the clean conceptual gesture and the baroque profusion of colors and materials.

The exhibition, presented in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, highlights the diversity of his work, between abstraction and figuration, metaphysical quest and incarnation, utopia and kitsch, technological fascination and amorphous materials. His slashed canvases, iconic works of modern art, are brought into confrontation with his lesser-known pieces, in particular his 1930’s sculpture and his ceramics.

“Lucio Fontana: Rediscovery of a Masterpiece”
Tornabuoni Art
16 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris
Until June 21

A second Paris show dedicated to Fontana centers around a canvas titled Le Jour, which disappeared for 30 years. Once it was found, key to discovering its provenance was a film that showed the creation of the painting. The footage captures a performance at the home of artist Jef Verheyen in Knokke, Belgium. On Verheyen’s request, Fontana punctured the canvas making it his own. A clip of the film can be watched here: