LUCIO FONTANA (1899-1968)

Concetto Spaziale (64 O2)

Oil on canvas

18 1/8 x 15 in.

46 x 38 cm.

Executed in 1964

Signed bottom right: L. Fontana, signed again on the back L. Fontana. Concetto Spaziale

ALBERTO BURRI (1915-1995)

Rosso Plastica

plastic, acrylic and vinyl combustion on celotex

32 x 23 3/4 in.

81.3 x 60.3 cm.

Executed in 1962

Signed and dated 'Burri 62' (on the reverse)

PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963)


Mixed media on canvas: newspaper package

19.7 x 27.6 in.

50 x 70 cm.

Executed in 1962 c.

ANTONI TÀPIES (1923-2012)

Relieve Blanco Con Cruces

Mixed media on canvas

63 1/4 x 51 1/8 in.

162 x 130 cm.

Executed in 1959

Signed and dated 1959 on the reverse

The Wounded Canvas

Burri Fontana Manzoni Tàpies

May 4 – June 13, 2015

In the aftermath of WWII, Europe was an open wound. In the attempt to rebuild, artists rejected traditional lines of thought that had dominated prewar culture and embraced new, experimental approaches brought on by the scientific revolution. Mirroring the duality of the Atomic Age, the canvas became a place to process the horrors of war, but also the site to break ground for a new aesthetic that later revolutionized artists’ practice worldwide. Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Antoni Tàpies are true artistic visionaries who broke with tradition by physically violating the canvas, elevating industrial materials to the lofty heights of fine art, and ultimately reinvented the form of painting for the next generations of artists to come.