Leoncillo - Fontana
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Fondazione Carriero

6 April - 9 July 2016

Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. - G.A.M. Archivio Leoncillo is sdelighted to collaborate with loans of works by Leoncillo

Leoncillo and Lucio Fontana are invited to participate in the XXVII Venice Biennale (1954), each with his own room. The colored levels expand across the space, enlivening the matter with an inspiration that foreshadows the informal slant and in-depth research of substance in subsequent years. Roberto Longhi presents twenty-two sculptures reminiscent of cubism by Leoncillo, while Giampiero Giani introduces the Sculture spaziali by Fontana, who exhibits not only the “holes” but also some works from the 1930s and 1940s.
A comparison between these two artists is credited with, on the one hand, underlining Leoncillo’s key importance in the history of Italian and international sculpture, while on the other hand showing how Fontana radically felt the need to open volumes, surpass matter, build around emptiness, and create space. By overlappings and juxtapositions, this exhibition highlights Fontana’s sculptural interests in a mainly two-dimensional field, in relation to a painterly approach found in the sculptures of Leoncillo. Both practices aim, though in different ways, to reveal the form innate to the matter itself.

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