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    Sale 12244

    The Italian Sale

    6 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 144

    LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale, Natura

    Price Realised  


    LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale, Natura
    signed with initials 'L. F.' (underneath)
    15 3/8 x 13 x 5 ½in. (39 x 33 x 14cm.)
    Executed in 1959

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    ‘I was thinking of those worlds, of the moon with these…holes, this terrible silence that causes us anguish, and the astronauts in a new world. And so…in the artist’s fantasy these immense things have been there for billions of years…man arrives, in mortal silence, in this anguish, and leaves a vital sign of his arrival…were these not still forms with a sign of wanting to make inert matter live?’ (LUCIO FONTANA)

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    Teresita Rasini Fontana Collection, Milan.
    Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in the mid-Nineties.


    E. Crispolti (ed.), Lucio Fontana, Catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux, Vol. II, Brussels 1974, no. 59 N 26 (terracotta version illustrated, pp. 102-103).
    E. Crispolti (ed.), Lucio Fontana, Catalogo generale, Vol. I, Milan 1986, no. 59 N 26 (terracotta version illustrated, p. 348).
    E. Crispolti (ed.), Lucio Crispolti, Catalogo generale di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Vol. I, Milan 2006, no. 59 N 26 (terracotta illustrated, p. 521).


    Krefeld, Galerie Merian Edition, Lucio Fontana 1899-1968, 1973 (bronze version exhibited).
    Verbania-Pallanza, Museo del Paesaggio, Biennale Internazionale di scultura contemporanea, Apitico, il senso della scultura, 1976 (bronze version exhibited).
    Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Arte in Italia: 1960-1977, 1977 (bronze version exhibited, illustrated, p. 76).
    Munich, Staatsgalerie monderner Kunst, Lucio Fontana, 1983-84, no. 67 (illustrated, p. 92). This exhibition later travelled to Darmstadt, Mathildenhohe.
    Frankfurt, Galerie Neuendorf, 60 Werke aus der Jahren 1938 bis 1966, 1988, no. 31 (bronze version exhibited, illustrated in colour, unpaged).
    Paris, Galerie Karsten Greve, Lucio Fontana. Peintures et Scultures, 1989-90 (illustrated in colour, pp. 118-119).