Magazine article Sculpture

Museo National Centro De Arte Reina Sofia: Madrid

Magazine article Sculpture

Museo National Centro De Arte Reina Sofia: Madrid

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Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Madrid

Luciano Fabro

Through April 12, 2016 Among those artists affiliated with Arte Povera, Fabro (who died in 2007) maintained the strongest connection to Italy's venerable, sometimes stifling, past, rooting the urgency of the new within a foundation of time and history. Not surprisingly, he was also the first to be seduced by that most forbidden of materials, marble. While his early works, such as environmental measuring devices in steel and copper tubing, possessed a Euclidian spareness and logic, his vocabulary gradually expanded to include mirrors, silk, blown glass, and porphyry, all used to reconsider questions of classical sculpture: weight, equilibrium, proportion. This exhibition, the first since his death, features more than 60 works that demonstrate the singularity of Fabro's radical vision. Highlights include Piedi-a Mannerist bestiary of gigantic, gorgeously grotesque feet made from glass, copper, bronze, aluminum, brass, and marble supporting legs encased in silk, which enacts a metamorphosis of pedestal and sculpture, object and architecture while flouting Arte Povera's rigid sumptuary laws (Fabro justified his indulgence as homage to Italian craftspeople)-and Lo Spirito, which appears here for the first time outside Italy. …

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