Opera Gallery has announced the launch of Spaziale! (17 – 29 May 2019), a new exhibition centred on the art movement of Spatialism and gathering some of the most celebrated Italian artists of the 20thcentury, including Lucio Fontana, Turi Simeti, Agostino Bonalumi and Enrico Castellani.
For the first time in the history of Opera Gallery London, the gallery will showcase around 40 works from the 20th century Italian art movement of Spatialism. Artists include Lucio Fontana, the founder of Spatialism, who is currently having his first major US retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, to be displayed subsequently at the Guggenheim in Bilbao; Enrico Castellani, whose art has been exhibited at the MoMA, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou, Stedelijk Museum and Milan Prada Foundation; Agostino Bonalumi, a member of the ZERO movement and recipient of the prestigious Presidente dellaRepubblica Award; Pino Manos, one of the last living artists from Spatalism.
From Fontana’s concetti spaziali to Bonalumi’s estroflessioni, the artworks on display are characterised by their explosive potential, and by the power to merge art, space, sculpture, and architecture. The intense monochrome canvases transcend the boundaries of painting and break through the two-dimensionality of the traditional picture plane. The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate Italian Spatialism, its main exponents and its enduring legacy in the history of contemporary art.
“I do not want to make a painting; I want to open up space, create a new dimension, tie in the cosmos, as it endlessly expands beyond the confining plane of the picture” – Lucio Fontana
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