Deconstruct me, Lucio Fontana

A New York visit cannot happen without seeing art in every corner of the city. This time it was Lucio Fontana at the Met Breuer. For me, Fontana’s slashed paintings held a sense of powerful rebirth in the act of their creation. The Met Breuer itself, designed by Marcel Breuer, is also a work of art. You can find photos of the Brutalist architecture at the bottom of the post.

Lucio Fontana exhibition
Art by Lucio Fontana. Photo by Tijana.

“If you film me while I make holes,” the painter told the photographer, “after a while I forget you are there and my work can go on in peace. But I could not make these large cuts with someone moving around me. I need to focus a lot. I mean, I don’t just walk in, take my jacket off, and trac!, make three or four slashes. No. Sometimes I leave the canvas hanging there for weeks before I am certain of what I will do; and only when I am sure I begin to work. I rarely ruin a canvas. But I need to feel in good shape to do these things.

Fontana to Ugo Mulas

Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana was an Argentine-Italian painter, sculptor, and theorist. He is mostly known as the founder of Spatialism. Fontana’s abstract concepts transformed the idea that art can be gestures and performances instead of elaborate physical works.

Green shapes slashed by Fontana
Fontana. Photo by Tijana.

White slashes, lucio fontana
Fontana. Photo by Tijana.

three slashes detail, lucio fontana
Fontana. Photo by Tijana.

Cuts: White on white work description, lucio fontana
Work description. Photo by Tijana.

White slash details, Fontana
Slash details. Photo by Tijana.

I loved this exhibition so much, because what might be observed as an act of destruction, is instead a very pure act of creation.

Red shape slash, Lucio Fontana
Fontana. Photo by Tijana.

The Met Breuer

It was a pleasure to enjoy Marcel Breuer’s Brutalist architecture and the treasures awaiting discovery inside. They have damn good coffee, too.

Met Breuer architecture by Marcel Breuer
The Met Breuer. Photos by Tijana. Architecture by Marcel Breuer.

“Modern architecture is not a style, it’s an attitude”

– Marcel Breuer
Inside the Met Breuer
Inside the Met Breuer. All photos by Tijana.

Have an affinity for Brutalist architecture? Visit the Church of the Light by Tadao Ando.


  • Noelene Dawes

    Love this Tijana! Thank you 🙏🌟❤️
    🌟Noelene, aka Insta: Dreams from my sewing box

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      YOu are such a darling, dear Noelene! I always loved your Instagram handle – Dreams from my sewing box. So poetic. I appreciate you checking my blog. Lucio Fontana is amazing. As I was reading about his process, it was truly fascinating. Actually, a lot of thought goes into the creation of the each piece. Ant the cumulative effect of the exhibition is astonishing. I was reflecting for days after. How did you discover him? All the best wishes dear!

  • ปั้มไลค์

    Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am so glad that you have enjoyed it!

  • zort

    Enjoyed reading through this, very good stuff, thanks. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” by Mother Theresa.

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