Lucio Fontana: Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948–1968
February 13, 2020 - April 12, 2020
Hauser & Wirth:
901-909 E 3rd St,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Before visionaries of immersive art, like Yayoi Kusama and James Turrell, became household names, Lucio Fontana was masterminding ambienti spaziali installations that explored how science and technology warp human perception in space. Few of these environments, which the late Italian artist completed between 1948 and 1968, have survived to see the present day—they were routinely destroyed after the exhibitions ran their course. Thanks to the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, which preserves the artist’s legacy, nine meticulous reconstructions are on display at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. They provide new insights into Fontana’s ability to craft 3D environments via experiments in neon light and shadow. —Ryan Waddoups

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