Pirelli HangarBicocca
Milan, Italy
21 September 2017 – 25 February 2018

GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION WILL LET VISITORS WALK THROUGH LUCIO FONTANA’S ENVIRONMENTS, MANY SPECIALLY RECONSTRUCTED FOR THE FIRST TIME

Visitors to a major exhibition which will be staged at 15,000-square-metre Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan this autumn will be able to walk through several of Lucio Fontana’s celebrated ‘environments’ featuring different forms and colours which unfold through rooms, corridors and labyrinthine paths. The show, opening on 20 September 2017, has been developed in collaboration with Fondazione Lucio Fontana.

Despite the innovation of the artist’s environments, this area of Fontana’s work is not widely known. It is only in recent years that scholars have started extensive research into this aspect of his practice and the show at Pirelli HangarBicocca will be a unique opportunity to see nine environments and two environmental structures reconstructed in full scale and presented together for the very first time. The exhibition has been developed as the result of research into so far unknown historical documents such as personal letters, architectural plans, photographs, magazine reviews, films and interviews with art historians and Fontana’s collaborators. All the traced material has been reviewed and approved by the Fondazione Lucio Fontana.

Among the exhibited works, the show will include reconstructions of key environments conceived for museums, such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1966 and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1967, and never exhibited since then.

The exhibition is curated by art historian Marina Pugliese, Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and former Director of  Museo del Novecento  (20th Century Art) in Milan, conservator Barbara Ferriani, lecturer at the Centro di Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” and at the University of Milan, and Vicente Todolí, Artistic Director of Pirelli HangarBicocca and previously Director of Tate Modern in London from 2003-10.