Works by Lucio Fontana and by the artists operating between the ‘50s and ‘60s are the focus of an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in New York, which will run until 6 March. “Spatial Explorations – Lucio Fontana and the avant-gardes in Milan in the 50’s and 60’s”, curated by Francesco Tedeschi, presents a selection of works that include paintings and sculptures that are particularly representative of Italian art. The exhibition is divided into two sections to explore and compare the artistic creations of a period in which art imagined other worlds and when creativity was fuelled by scientific discoveries and the race to conquer Space – a historic season that exactly 50 years ago was crowned with Mission Apollo and the landing of the first man on the Moon.
Attention is now focused on Milan that, in that season, represented an important source of artistic production. Alongside the work by Fontana, who was the leader of Spatialism, the exhibition also displays works by representatives of nuclearism and the Azimut group (Crippa, Dova, Tancredi, Deluigi, Scanavino, Baj and Dangelo) and by those who took centre stage in the ’60s (Manzoni, Castellani, Bonalumi, Anceschi, Boriani, Colombo, De Vecchi, Varisco, Dadamaino and Arturo Vermi ).