Lucio Fontana, oil on canvas, 1964

In modern art, the concept is of more importance than the actual execution. Through meditation and movement, Fontana created space on a two-dimensional surface. He made incisions and holes in monochrome surfaces. His attack on the material was part of his spatial work, the ‘concetto spaziale’. He became the example of nihilism, a revolutionary with a clear visual language. This ZERO artist shocked the art world but enjoyed an unparalleled, self-obtained freedom following the path of nihilism. Lucio Fontana carved the three-dimensionality in the two-dimensional surface, as a perfect wound that forms itself in the void.


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