Lucio Fontana Rosario, Argentina 1899 - 1968 Verese, Italy

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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
June 2024
Bonhams, Paris
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 EUR
Realised: 229.000 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Weiblicher Akt.
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Modern, Post War & Contemporary, Evening Sale
June 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 EUR
Realised: not sold
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale Ovale
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Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale
June 2024
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: 21.590 GBP
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale Ovale
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Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale
June 2024
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: 19.050 GBP
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale
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20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale
June 2024
Christies, Milan (Online Auction)
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale
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20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale
June 2024
Christies, Milan (Online Auction)
Est.: 28.000 - 35.000 EUR
Realised: 56.700 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale
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Modern and Contemporary Art
May 2024
Il Ponte
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 28.000 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale Cratere
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Modern and Contemporary Art
May 2024
Il Ponte
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 14.000 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale
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Modern and Contemporary Art
May 2024
Il Ponte
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 EUR
Realised: 15.000 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale
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Modern and Contemporary Art
May 2024
Il Ponte
Est.: 15.000 - 18.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Lucio Fontana - Battaglia
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Modern and Contemporary Art
May 2024
Il Ponte
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Lucio Fontana - Battaglia
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Modern and Contemporary Art
May 2024
Il Ponte
Est.: 15.000 - 25.000 EUR
Realised: 22.000 EUR
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The artist Lucio Fontana

  • Italian avant-garde artist who devised new spatial concepts for art.
  • His »Tagli«, canvas cuts, are still world famous today.
  • With his avant-garde experimentation, he influenced subsequent art movements.

The Italian-born avant-garde artist Lucio Fontana was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1899. He is still known today for his abstract sectional paintings as well as his Concetto Spaziale (spatial concepts). With his experimental innovations, he had a far-reaching influence on many of his contemporaries. Trained as a graduate engineer, Fontana began his artistic career in the 1920s in his father's sculpture studio and eventually moved to his parents' native Italy.

As early as 1930, Fontana was involved in the Venice Biennale. In 1948 he founded the artists' group Movimento Spaziale (Spatial Art), for which he wrote two manifestos. His own movement was based on Futurism's guiding idea of merging painting, sculpture, music and poetry. The idea followed Fontana's passion: the search for a new concept of space in art. He perforated two-dimensional, monochrome paintings for the first time, illustrating that the work should be understood as a freely unfolding continuum.  

In 1949 followed the first Buchi (Holes), and finally in 1950 the Pietre, which also contained pieces of glass. Then, in the late 1950s, the avant-gardist turned to his characteristic Tagli (cuts). Literally, he used knives to cut thin slits into the canvas - allowing it to become spatial by revealing the gauze-covered plane behind the cuts. At the same time, Fontana provoked the dissolution of basic conditions in traditional painting with the destroyed picture support. He also incorporated color into the concept: red, blue and green intensified the effect of the cuts.

Later Fontana's oeuvre was joined by installations with neon light (e.g. Cube di Luce, 1959/1960), which from then on also made him a light artist and a pioneer of modern Environments. His constant reduction to the abstract and his ongoing desire to reinvent art and bring it into harmony with science is said to have inspired movements and groups such as ZERO, Nouveau Réalisme, and Arte Povera. Lucio Fontana died in 1968 in Comabbio near Varese, Italy, at the age of 69. His works were shown a total of three times at the documenta in Kassel, twice at the Venice Biennale and once at the São Paulo Biennale.

Der Künstler Lucio Fontana

  • Italienischer Avantgardist, der neue Raumkonzepte für die Kunst erarbeitete.
  • Seine »Tagli«, Leinwandschnitte, sind noch heute weltberühmt.
  • Seine avantgardistischen Experimentierfreude beeinflusste nachfolgende Kunstbewegungen.

Der italienischstämmige Avantgardist Lucio Fontana kam 1899 in Rosario, Argentinien zur Welt. Bekannt machen ihn noch heute seine abstrakten Schnittbilder sowie seine Concetto spaziale (Raumkonzepte). Mit seinen experimentellen Innovationen hatte er weitreichenden Einfluss auf viele seiner Zeitgenossen. Der ausgebildete Diplomingenieur startete seine künstlerische Karriere in den 1920er Jahren im Bildhaueratelier seines Vaters und zog schließlich in die Heimat seiner Eltern nach Italien.

Schon 1930 war Fontana an der Biennale von Venedig beteiligt. 1948 gründete er die Künstlergruppe Movimento spaziale (Raumkunst), zu der er gleich zwei Manifeste verfasste. Seiner eigenen Bewegung lag der Leitgedanke des Futurismus zugrunde, Malerei, Bildhauerei, Musik und Dichtung zu verschmelzen. Die Idee folgte Fontanas Leidenschaft: die Suche nach einem neuen Raumkonzept in der Kunst. Er perforierte zweidimensionale, monochrome Bilder erstmals und veranschaulichte so, dass das Werk als sich frei entfaltendes Kontinuum verstanden werden solle. 

1949 folgten die ersten Buchi (Löcher), 1950 schließlich die Pietre, die auch Glasstücke enthielten. Ende der 1950er Jahren wandte sich der Avantgardist dann seinen charakteristischen Tagli (Schnitte) zu. Wortwörtlich schnitt er mit Messern dünne Schlitze in die Leinwand – ließ sie so räumlich werden, indem die mit Gaze versehene Ebene hinter den Schnitten zum Vorschein kam. Gleichzeitig provozierte Fontana mit dem zerstörten Bildträger die Auflösung von Grundbedingungen in der traditionellen Malerei. Auch Farbe bezog er in das Konzept ein: Rot, Blau und Grün verstärkten die Wirkung der Schnitte.

Später gesellten sich zu Fontanas Œuvre Installationen mit Neonlicht (z. B. Cube di Luce, 1959/1960), die ihn fortan auch zum Lichtkünstler und zum Vorreiter der modernen Environments avancieren ließen. Seine stetige Reduktion auf das Abstrakte und sein fortwährender Wunsch, die Kunst neu zu erfinden und mit der Wissenschaft in Einklang zu bringen, soll Bewegungen und Gruppen wie ZERO, den Nouveau Réalisme und die Arte Povera inspiriert haben. Lucio Fontana starb 1968 in Comabbio bei Varese, Italien, im Alter von 69 Jahren. Seine Arbeiten waren insgesamt dreimal auf der documenta in Kassel, zweimal auf der Biennale von Venedig und einmal auf der Biennale von São Paulo zu sehen.

Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale, Attese
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20th / 21st Century Art Evening Sale
May 2024
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 1.000.000 - 1.500.000 USD
Realised: 953.000 USD
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale, 1961
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Prints & Multiples Online
April 2024
Bonhams, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 500 - 700 EUR
Realised: 8.960 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - \'Concetto spaziale (Red)\'
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Contemporary Art & Design
April 2024
Bukowski, Stockholm
Est.: 40.000 - 50.000 SEK
Realised: 80.000 SEK
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale
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20th/21st Century: Amsterdam
April 2024
Christies, Amsterdam (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 EUR
Realised: 4.410 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale, 1965
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Prints & Multiples Online
April 2024
Bonhams, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 EUR
Realised: 6.400 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Alfa Romeo Trophäe.
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From Beuys to Warhol | ONLINE ONLY
March 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 3.000 - 6.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale
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First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online
March 2024
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 GBP
Realised: 15.120 GBP
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale, Attese
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20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 2.500.000 - 3.500.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto Spaziale (Ovale violet avec fente).
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Art of the 20th Century | ONLINE ONLY
February 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 EUR
Realised: 5.280 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Piastrella
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20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale
December 2023
Christies, Milan (Online Auction)
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 EUR
Realised: 44.100 EUR
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale, Natura
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Art contemporain
December 2023
Christies, Paris
Est.: 100.000 - 130.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Lucio Fontana - Concetto spaziale, Piazza San Marco al sole - 1961
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
December 2023
Artcurial
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 6.771.400 EUR
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