Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana

Italy 1899 - 1968


Lucio Fontana
Lucio Fontana
March 23, 2016

We have seen an exponential amount of progress and change occurring in many fields in recent history; this goes for art as well, as there have been a number of new directions, styles, and methods created in the 20th century, with some of the artists going down in history. One of them that can be attributed as the herald of change is the Italian artist Lucio Fontana whose work foreshadowed Environment art and performance art that are omnipresent in contemporary surroundings. Known as a founder of Spatialism and for his ties to Arte Povera, Fontana remains one of the monumental figures in the time of great artists.

Lucio Fontana works museum manifesto gallery spaziale
Lucio Fontana Creating Spatial Art. Photo credits

Best of Both Worlds

The life of Lucio Fontana started out in Argentina where his father Luigi, who was a sculptor, and mother Lucia Bottino, a theater actress, had lived. Although they were both of Italian origin, Lucio was born in the province of Santa Fe, and the mixture of both Argentinean and Italian surroundings will play a role later in his life. As soon as he reached the age necessary for schooling, he was sent to Italy for education where he remained until his college days. Attending the master-builders school at the Carlo Cattaneo Institute in Milan, Fontana actively practiced art in his father’s studio while living with his uncle. He would later complete his studies and receive the diploma of a building surveyor, but not before enrolling in the First World War.

Lucio Fontana works museum gallery spaziale sculptor 1949
Lucio Fontana – Sphere, 1957. Photo credits

A Medal for his Services

Although he was a promising young artist and a scholar, Fontana decided to volunteer as a soldier for the First World War in 1916, interrupting his studies. Intelligent and talented as he was, he reached the rank of a second lieutenant in the infantry regiment during his days as a soldier even though his background never included military training. His injury during the war forced him to return to Milan, and luckily, he was able to continue and finish his studies and of course, his artistic practice. For his contribution in the war and service to the country, he received a silver campaign medal in 1918.

Lucio Fontana works 1949 museum gallery space rosario spaziale
Lucio Fontana – Spatial Concept; Expectations (detail), 1967. Photo credits

Sculpting a Distinct Style

The years following the return of Fontana from the battlefield were marked by exploring his inner artist. This exploration took place both in Italy and Argentina, and it is possible that exactly because of his varying heritage and time spent on both continents his practice took such an innovative and explorative shape. Returning to Argentina in 1921, Fontana had worked in his father’s studio producing graveyard sculptures, all the while experimenting and researching new ways and forms of the style. After several successful years of such practice, he enrolled in the sculpture course at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and by presenting his El Auriga (The Charioteer), he received his diploma.

His investigative nature kept him going even after the college days. During the 1930s, his sculptures took on human-like figures, deprived of their accustomed form and reduced to geometrized shapes, much like in his 1930 Uomo Nero (Black Man). Investigations of form led Fontana to produce abstract sculptures in ceramics and even in colored mosaics at the beginning of the 1940s. This culminated in his first piece of work of environmental art, the Frieze Volo Di Vittorie, standing for Flight of Victories.

Fontana’s investigative nature kept him going even after the college days

Lucio Fontana works museum 1949 gallery spaziale rosario space
Lucio Fontana – Concetto Spaziale Natura, 1959 – 1960. Photo credits

Inventing Spatialism

It was in the year of 1946 that the term Spatial Concept first appeared as a part of titles of a group of drawings done by Fontana. Following his return to Italy after teaching as a professor at the Esquela de Artes Plasticas in Argentina, he supported, along with other philosophers and writers, the first manifesto of Spatialism, as he had formulated various theories about the subject beforehand. What it basically consists of is expanding the artistic practice to more than just the narrative by focusing on the space around the canvas as well, using it in addition to other technologies like neon lighting and television to give the work another dimension.

Some of Fontana’s first representatives of these theories were his slashing series that was comprised of two different types of portrayals of dimensionality: via holes (the Buchi category) and slashes (the Tagli). These punctures on the surface of the painting would reveal the area behind it often lined with black gauze, giving the piece a certain depth as the blackness of the material seeps out of the holes. Emphasizing the space behind the canvas, he switched to monochrome-like surfaces around 1958 that would completely divert the attention of the viewer towards the slashes.

The punctures on the surface of the painting give the piece a certain depth

Lucio Fontana spaziale sculptor concetto 1968 collection contact milan
Lucio Fontana – Concetto spaziale, Attese (detail), 1960. Photo credits

Spatial Concept

The way he would create his work after the Second World War through the rest of his career was largely influenced by the spatial concept. Working both with sculpture and paintings, the emphasis was often on the dimensionality of it portrayed through various gashes. As final years of his prolific career, the 1960s were marked by thick layers of oil paint punctured with holes, culminating in the strict use of single colors for his canvases in the Ellipses series, as well as sculptural work inspired by New York that consisted of metal plates punctured by the artist. Fontana also produced a number of famous oval paintings between 1963 and 1964 in a cycle titled The End of God, one of which (Concetto spaziale, la fine di dio) fetched over $29 million in 2015 at an auction. In these late years, he would also use machines to perforate the wooden panels of his paintings, keeping in line with new technical developments.

Lucio Fontana’s career was largely influenced by the spatial concept

Lucio Fontana spaziale concetto 1968 collection contact milan 1949
Lucio Fontana – Concept Spatiale (detail), 1958. Photo credits

More Than Rich Career

Lucio Fontana’s oeuvre is more than just visually alluring and thought-provoking, it brought about a movement that changed the perspective on art pieces. Creative in his explorative practice, he was able to invent something new on a philosophical level that transcends to art in a time of such legendary artists, making him one of the greats of the era. With so many renowned collections holding his work and many awards and exhibitions to his name, it remains written down in the history of art.

The artist is represented by We Art Partners.

Featured image: Lucio Fontana, photo credits

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016Galerie Karsten GreveGroup
2016miart 2016Repetto GalleryGroup
2016SP-Arte 2016Cardi GalleryGroup
2016Cezanne to Richter: Masterpieces from the Kunstmuseum BaselKunstmuseum Basel, BaselGroup
2016New SkinAishti Foundation, BeirutGroup
2016Lucio FontanaRobilant + Voena, St MoritzSolo
2016Grand Opening: New York City, Madison AvenueOpera Gallery, New YorkGroup
2016Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016Mazzoleni Galleria d'Arte, Hong KongGroup
2015ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60sGuggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
2015A Journey into the EUROPEAN AVANT-GARDE: The Influence of CubismGilden's Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2015New realities in the 20th and 21st CenturyOpera Gallery, Central Hong KongGroup
2015A bout de souffleCortesi Gallery, LuganoGroup
2015INFORMED: Art Informel and the Contemporary StructureOpera Gallery, ParisGroup
2015In PartFondazione Prada, MilanGroup
2015La ceramica prende formaMontrasio Arte / KM0, MilanSolo
2014TALKlikeSEXTBD, New YorkGroup
2014Shaping Ceramic FONTANA-GARELLI-LEONCILLO-MELOTTI Postwar italian ceramicsRepetto Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Return to EarthNasher Sculpture Center, DallasGroup
2014RétrospectiveMusée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, ParisSolo
2014The Space Where I AmBlain|Southern, LondonGroup
2014The Art of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker & FriendsNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NYGroup
2014ConfluenciasMACLA Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Latinoamericano, La PlataGroup
2014Love StoryThe Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection - Belvedere, ViennaGroup
2014Love StorySammlung Anne & Wolfgang Titze - 21er Haus, ViennaGroup
2014Zero - Zwischen Himmel Und ErdeZeppelin Museum, FriedrichshafenGroup
2014ZeroPinacoteca do Estado, São PauloGroup
2014Permission To Be Global / Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros CollectionMFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2014Anish Kapoor | Lucio FontanaCentro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, POGroup
2014Le rouge est misMAMAC - Musee d´Art Moderne et d`Art Contemporain Nice, NiceGroup
2014White Marble & PaintSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014Does Size Matter ?SAGE Paris, ParisGroup
2014Strike(s)Nahmad Contemporary, New York City, NYGroup
2014ZeroGalerie & Edition Bode GmbH, NurembergGroup
2014Leap into the VoidAxel Vervoordt Gallery, AntwerpGroup
2013Permission To Be Global / Practicas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals Cisneros CollectionCIFO - Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FLGroup
2013Modern And Contemporary MastersSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013The Show Is OverGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Beyond The Invisible - MAGI 900Museo delle eccellenze artistiche e storiche, BolognaGroup
2013The anatomy lessonGemeentemuseum Den Haag, The HagueGroup
2013Inaugral show Audible presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves klein, Cy TwomblyDominique Lévy Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Blau - dialog zwischenGalerie Son, BerlinGroup
2013Adventures of truth - Painting and philosophyFondation Maeght, Saint-PaulGroup
2013Critique and Crises. Art in Europe Since 1945Kumu Art Museum, TallinnGroup
2013Limited Edition - International PrintsGalleria Guastalla Centro Arte, LivornoGroup
2013Post-War Italian ArtSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013From picasso to koons: the artist as jewelerBass Museum of Art, Miami, FLGroup
2013The Desire for Freedom - Arte in Europa dal 1945Palazzo Reale, MilanGroup
2013Postwar. Protagonisti ItalianiPeggy Guggenheim Collection, VeniceGroup
2013Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2013Viva Valencia. Arte Y EspiritualidadIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2013The 60s In The Guggenheim Collections. From Informel To Pop ArtPeggy Guggenheim Collection, VeniceGroup
2013Rotesque  - The Schaufler FoundationSCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, SindelfingenGroup
2012Segno materia spazioGalleria Forni, BolognaSolo
2012CeramicsAspen Art Museum, Aspen, COSolo
2012Hic et nunc  Galleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo, ArezzoSolo
2012Ambienti SpazialiGagosian Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2012Lucio Fontana: Prints and SculpturePGartventure gallery, Larchmont, NYSolo
2012RetrospettivaStudio La Città, VeronaSolo
2012CiblesMusée de la Chasse et de la Nature, ParisGroup
2012Art, science & fiction - MAC's Grand HornuMusée des Arts Contemporains, HornuGroup
2012Collecting the twentieth century.Museo del Novecento - Civici Musei di Milano, MilanGroup
2012From Page to SpaceGalerija Murska Sobota, Murska SobotaGroup
2012Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012White: Marbles And Paintings From Antiquity To NowRobilant + Voena, LondonGroup
2012Primer ActoMuseo Tamayo, Mexico CityGroup
2012EstateMarianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Anti-Illusion. Objekte. ProzesseKunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, BochumGroup
2012The Small Utopia. Ars MultiplicataFondazione Prada, VeniceGroup
2012Klein - Aber Fein VGalerie Maulberger & Becker, DusseldorfGroup
2012Micro ManiaGagosian Gallery, ParisGroup
2012In The Still EpiphanyThe Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis, MOGroup
2012Arcadia in Celle: Art for Nature and Nature for ArtFondation Maeght, Saint-PaulGroup
2012Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio CollectionMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2012The Bellevue Bridge - Collages and Works on PaperGalerie Roemerapotheke, ZurichGroup
2012Blind HoleThomas Brambilla, BergamoGroup
2012Néon, Who’s afrmaid of red, yellow and blue ?La Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2012In The White RoomEastmen Gallery, HasseltGroup
2012Asche und Gold Eine WeltenreiseMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2012Theatre Of The World - MonaMuseum of Old and New Art, Hobart, TASGroup
2012Spirits Of InternationalismMuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, AntwerpGroup
2012In The World Of ZeroSEM-ART Gallery, MonacoGroup
2011L'opera graficaGalleria L'Elefante, TrevisoSolo
2011Private Passions Sammeln in MannheimStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2011GrisailleLuxembourg & Dayan, New York City, NYGroup
2011Ad LucemContemporary Art For Arvo Pärt - Studio La Città, VeronaGroup
2011Italia - AmericaAgnellini Arte Moderna, BresciaGroup
2011Los LimitesGaleria Rafael Ortiz, SevillaGroup
2011AufbruchMalerei und realer Raum - Situation Kunst, BochumGroup
2011Two Part ExhibitionAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Arte Contemporanea In ItaliaGalleria Cardi - Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta, LUGroup
2011Summer ShowVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2011WITH AND WITHOUT PAINTINGMax Wigram Gallery, New Bond Street, LondonGroup
2011FLOWERS FOR SUMMERMichael Werner Gallery - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2011TRA. The edge of becomingMuseo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2011All About DrawingGalerie Wansink, MaastrichtGroup
2011With One ColorVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2011The monochromatic powerGalerie Tornabuoni Art, ParisGroup
2010Lucio Fontana: Paintings 1956-1968Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2010The Art of CamoCardi Black Box, MilanGroup
2010On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth CenturyMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010Heinz Mack / Lucio FontanaBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2010Misericordia - PrismWest Hollywood, CAGroup
2010Shit or Gold? - HEARTHerning Museum of Contemporary Art, HerningGroup
2010Im DialogKunststiftung Erich Hauser, RottweilGroup
2010Moods of 20th centuryNational Gallery of Arts - Tirana, TiranaGroup
2010The Impossible LibraryCentro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, POGroup
2010Modern TimesDe La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on SeaGroup
2010Grandisegni - Da Picasso a BurriGalleria Blu, MilanGroup
2010Abstract ResistanceWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2010Modern Times: responding to chaosKettle's Yard, Cambridge, CambridgeshireGroup
2009Today is the 1st of October - Today I leave for ParisTornabuoni Arte, FlorenceSolo
2009Le scritture del disegnoFondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, MilanSolo
2009Zeichen und ZeichnungMuseum Liner, AppenzellSolo
2009Figures, Gestures and Substances, 25 chosen artworks from 1950 to TodayTornabuoni Arte, FlorenceGroup
2009Just what is it…ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2009Spazio Tempo ImmagineCIAC - Centro Italiano Arte Contemporanea, FolignoGroup
2009The Irreverent ObjectLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Oltre la pitturaGalleria Mazzoleni Arte Moderna, TurinGroup
2009Karsten Greve, 20 years in ParisGalerie Karsten Greve - Paris, ParisGroup
2009Terra Incognita - Italy's Ceramic RevivalEstorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, LondonGroup
2009Contemporary and Modern WorksAR Contemporary Gallery, MilanGroup
2009RootsWentrup, BerlinGroup
2009Glasstress 2009Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, VeniceGroup
2009In-finitumMuseo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2009Private UniversesDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2009White, White, WhiteWaldemarsudde, StockholmGroup
2009Contemporary ArtDe Primi Fine Art, LuganoGroup
2009DenudArtiGalleria Marino, RomeGroup
2009Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, FoldedMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Hot Spots - Rio de Janeiro / Milano - Torino / Los AngelesKunsthaus Zürich, ZurichGroup
2009Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form ClayICA - Institute of Contemporary Art - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2008Luce e ColorePalazzo Ducale, GenoaSolo
2008Lucio Fontana: Paintings, Sculptures and Works on PaperBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonSolo
2008ScultoreGalleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) , RomeSolo
2008Angli - Heart - HEARTHerning Museum of Contemporary Art, HerningGroup
2008A Forest of Sculptures. The Simon Spierer CollectionNational Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), BucharestGroup
2008Not Only MultiplesGalleria Guastalla Centro Arte, LivornoGroup
2008Contemporary Art for 30 years PART 1Kamakura Gallery, KanagawaGroup
2008Dorotheum comes to MoscowStella Art Foundation, MoscowGroup
2008Italics. Arte Italiana fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione, 1968-2008Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2008Summer ExhibitionSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Summer Exhibition Of Modern British & Contemporary ArtAustin/Desmond Fine Art, LondonGroup
2008Blanco RotoGalería Elvira González, MadridGroup
2008MehransichtigkeitenMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaGroup
2008Selections from the Collection of Helga & Walther LauffsHubertus Exhibitions, ZurichGroup
2008Time & Place - Milano - Torino 1958-1968Moderna Museet, StockholmGroup
2008Selections from the collection of Helga and Walther LauffsZwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)Group
2008Rhythmus 21 - Positionen des AbstraktenStädtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, MunichGroup
2008SgozzataPeres Projects - Berlin, BerlinGroup
2008Modern Prints - Klassische Moderne bis Pop ArtGalerie Proarta, ZurichGroup
2007Via Crucis - Lucio FontanaMuseu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, São PauloSolo
2007At the Roots of SpatialismEstorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, LondonSolo
2007The 30th Anniversary - Collection of the National Museum of Art, OsakaNMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, OsakaGroup
2007Modern and Contemporary MastersHanart TZ Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2007ChartaeGalleria Tega, MilanGroup
2007Declaring SpaceThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2007MentalgrafieTel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel AvivGroup
2007See History 2007Kunsthalle zu Kiel, KielGroup
2007ARTEMPO - Where Times Becomes ArtMuseo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2007A Summer SelectionCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2007News on PaperBurkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)Group
2007Doppio sogno: 2RC tra artista e arteficeFondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, MilanGroup
2007The Shapes of SpaceSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYGroup
2007Living, Looking, MakingGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Arte ItalianoGalería Elvira González, MadridGroup
2007Passion for Art35 Jahre Essl Museum - Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, KlosterneuburgGroup
2007Photo-shopGalleria Spazia, BolognaGroup
2007Speed #1 - natura naturata - velocidad sin movimientoIVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, ValenciaGroup
2007Italian Visions: 40 Years of ArtVivian Horan Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dallas Museum of ArtDallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2007Carla Accardi trifft Lucio FontanaMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2006The Poetics of Space between Creation and RepresentationThe State Russian Museum - Stroganov Palace, St. PetersburgSolo
2006Lucio Fontana and John Nixon: A DialogueNGV National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VICGroup
2006TuttolibriGalleria Milano, MilanGroup
2006Italian ModernismBarbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006busy going crazy. the Sylvio Perlstein collectionLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2006Faster! Bigger! Better!ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2006CORRISPONDENZECentro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, POGroup
2006Motion On PaperBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2006Italy made in art - NowMOCA Shanghai, ShanghaiGroup
2006What happened to ArtStedelijk Van Abbemuseum, EindhovenGroup
2006Where are we going - Selections from the Francois Pinault CollectionPalazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2006Vision IIToyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota AichiGroup
2006ZERO - Internationale Künstler-Avantgarde der 50er/60er JahreMuseum Kunstpalast, DusseldorfGroup
2006Italia NovaGaleries nationales du Grand Palais, ParisGroup
2006The Spring ShowGalerie Daniel Blau, MunichGroup
2006Line and Surface - Works on PaperPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Lucio FontanaBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonSolo
2005El Genaro de la A a la ZMuseo Genaro Pérez, CordobaGroup
2005Galleria Grafica Collection No.13Galleria Grafica Tokyo, TokyoGroup
2005War is over - 1945 - 2005 la libertá dell'arte da Picasso a Warhol a CattelanGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, BergamoGroup
2005Schattenspiel - Schatten und Licht in der zeitgenössischen knstKunsthalle zu Kiel, KielGroup
2005Lynda Benglis, The Center For Land Use Interpretation, Dan Colen, Gino De Dominicis, Jeremy Deller, Sam Durant, Lucio FNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005InterstateNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Lirica pitturaGalleria Bonioni Arte, Reggio EmiliaGroup
2005Brought to Light: Recent Acquisitions in Latin American ArtMFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2005BIG BANG - Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2005(my private) HeroesMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2005Burri, Fontana, ManzoniSprovieri - London, LondonGroup
2005Italian Art 1950 - 1970. Masterpieces from the Farnesina CollectionNational Gallery of Modern Art - New Delhi, New DelhiGroup
2004Carriera "barocca" di FontanaGalleria Amedeo Porro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, MilanSolo
2004Beyond Geometry - Experiments in Form 1940s-70sMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (closed, 2013)Group
2004Suggestioni astratte e figurativeGalleria d'Arte 2000 & Novecento, Reggio EmiliaGroup
2004International Modern ArtTate Liverpool, LiverpoolGroup
2004Beyond Geometry - Experiments in Form 1940s−70sLos Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Africa - Beauty and DisasterGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2004Accelerato Torino-NapoliArtiscope, BrusselsGroup
2003Pressing Flesh - Skin, Touch, IntimacyAuckland Art Gallery, AucklandGroup
2003Minimal to the Max - The Brownstone CollectionNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
2003The Spirit of WhiteGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2003The Unexpected - Künstlerkeramik des 20. JahrhundertsMuseum Bellerive, ZurichGroup
2003PerforationsMcKenzie Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2003Collezione ItalianaGrossetti Arte Contemporanea, MilanGroup
2003Zero - Die Europäische Vision - Sammlung Lenz SchönbergRLB Kunstbrücke, InnsbruckGroup
2002Lucio FontanaLe ceramiche - Studio La Città, VeronaSolo
2002Argentina - Uruguay - Italy - From Fontana to MaldonadoGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, BergamoGroup
2002Lucio Fontana. Metafore barocche - Palazzo FortiGalleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, VeronaGroup
2002Camera con VistaCesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio (closed)Group
2002V.I.P. 1 - Very Important PiecesMuseum Morsbroich, LeverkusenGroup
2002AstrattaPalazzo Cavour, TurinGroup
2002Black + White Post War ArtSimon C Dickinson Ltd, LondonGroup
2001Lucio FontanaGalería Elvira González, MadridSolo
2001Green on GreeneSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2001Which ART do you like best ?  Kamakura Gallery, KanagawaGroup
2001VisionToyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota AichiGroup
2000Lucio FontanaSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2000Bianco (White)Sprovieri - London, LondonGroup
2000SlippageArt Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BCGroup
2000Century of Innocence – The History of the White MonochromeRooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (closed, 2006)Group
2000Against NatureSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000The End of the World?National Gallery Prague - Kinský Palace, PragueGroup
2000CosmologiesSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2000Cosmos - From Goya to De Chirico from Friedrich to KieferPalazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2000Light Pieces - Casino LuxembourgForum d'art contemporain, LuxembourgGroup
1999Gold - Gothic Masters and Lucio FontanaSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1999The first view - Sammlung EsslKunsthaus, KlosterneuburgGroup
1999MINIMALIA - An Italian Vision in 20th Century ArtMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
1998La fine di DioStädtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, MunichSolo
1998Entre materia y espacioCaixaForum Palma, Palma de MallorcaSolo
1998Exhibition of the centuryWellington City Gallery, WellingtonGroup
1998Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Il Disegno - Zeichnungen und SkulpturenStädtisches Museum Abteiberg, MönchengladbachSolo
1997Around EuropeStedelijk Museum CS, AmsterdamGroup
1996StuffMark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
199546th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
1994Ossessione RossaGalleria L'Attico, RomeGroup
1993AzurFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, ParisGroup
1991Opere su cartaGalleria In Arco, TurinSolo
1989Open Mind (Gesloten Circuits)SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GhentGroup
1988Omaggio a Lucio FontanaPeggy Guggenheim Collection, VeniceSolo
1988Lucio Fontana - 1899 - 1968Stedelijk Museum CS, AmsterdamSolo
1988ZeichnungGalerie M + R Fricke - Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf (closed, 2006)Group
1987Lucio Fontana  -  Centre PompidouMusée National d´Art Moderne, ParisSolo
1987Standing SculptureCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
1986Lucio Fontana. La cultura dell’occhioCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinSolo
1986Die Sammlung Tony GerberKunstmuseum Bern, BernGroup
1985Contrasts of Form: Geometric Abstract Art 1910-1980MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1985Exhibition - Dialogue / Exposição - DiálogoCentro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, LisbonGroup
1984Constructivism And The Geometric Tradition: Selections From The Mccrory Corp. CollectionIndianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, INGroup
1982La Biennale di Venezia : Settore Arti Visive : 1982La Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
1980Printed Art Since 1965MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1978La Biennale di Venezia 1978. From Nature to Art, from Art to NatureLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
1977documenta 6Documenta, KasselGroup
1976Concetti SpezialiKunsthaus Zürich, ZurichSolo
1974Printed, Folded, Cut and TornMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1974Basically WhiteICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
1971The New Curiosity ShopThe Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
1970Bilder 1949 – 1961Galerie m Bochum, BochumSolo
1970Popular Mechanics in PrintmakingMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1969Hans Hartung - Lucio FontanaNUOVA GALLERIA MORONE, Milan (closed, 2011)Group
1968Pittura ContemporaneaNUOVA GALLERIA MORONE, Milan (closed, 2011)Group
1967Lucio Fontana. Idéer om rymdenModerna Museet, StockholmSolo
1967Four Dallas CollectorsContemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
1963Lucio Fontana und Manuel ViolaKölnischer Kunstverein, CologneGroup
1960The Mysterious SignICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
1960Matter PaintingICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
1959Documenta 2Documenta, KasselGroup
1959Paintings by Fontana, Crippa, Dova, Clemente: from the Collection of Mr & Mrs Charles DamianoICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
1951I Bienal de São Paulo 1951Bienal de Sao Paulo, São PauloGroup
1949Twentieth Century Italian ArtMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup