Concetto spaziale, 1960

Hong Kong 2015
Galerie Thomas
Sculpture
Ceramic
Signed and dated lower centre right. In his "Manifesto blanco" of 1946, Fontana defined his theory of "Spezialismo". He was on a quest for a new experience of space, not only for sculpture, but for painting as well. During this time a profound change took place in his work - from picture to object. He was concerned with opening up spaces by perforating the canvas or picture plane with sharp tools. So he opened monochrome canvasses in 1958 with a sharp knife. The resulting slash created the illusion of an infinite space behind it. In this way he penetrated the two-dimensionality of his work and opened another dimension. The artistic intention was to express emptiness as a positive element. Later he used the same principle on reliefs and oviform objects made of clay and bronze.