• The Italian Sale  auction at Christies

    Sale 7757

    The Italian Sale

    16 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale, Attesa

    Price Realised  


    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale, Attesa
    signed and titled 'l. Fontana "Concetto Spaziale" "ATTESA"' (on the reverse)
    waterpaint on canvas
    21 5/8 x 18 3/8in. (54.8 x 46.4cm.)
    Executed in 1964-65

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    '... beyond perspective... the discovery of the cosmos is a new dimension, it is infinity, so I make a hole in this canvas, which was at the basis of all the arts and I have created an infinite dimension... the idea is precisely that, it is a new dimension corresponding to the cosmos... The hole is, precisely, creating this void behind there... Einstein's discovery of the cosmos is the infinite dimension, without end. And so here we have: foreground, middleground and background... to go farther what do I have to do?... I make holes, infinity passes through them, light passes through them, there is no need to paint'

    (Fontana, quoted in E. Crispolti, 'Spatialism and Informel. The Fifties', pp. 144-150, E. Crispolti & R. Siligato (eds.), Lucio Fontana, exh. cat., Milan, 1998, p. 146).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Lia Crippa, Milan.
    Riccardo Tempestini, Prato.
    Galleria Marescalchi, Bologna.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    E. Crispolti, Fontana: catalogo generale, vol. II, Milan 1986, no. 64-65 T 51 (illustrated, p. 555).
    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, vol. II, Milan 2006, no. 64-65 T 51 (illustrated, p. 739).


    Prato, Museo Pecci, Burri e Fontana 1949-1968, April-June 1996, no. 44 (illustrated, p. 183).