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Lucio Fontana - Milan

In 1956, Lucio Fontana created an engraved and painted ceiling for the dining hall of the Hotel del Golfo in Procchio, in the Elba Island, which is now visible in the Museum of the 20th Century in Milan. Fontana had the ceiling coated with a white plaster which looked very similar to the sandy beach in front of the hotel, due to cuts, engravings, and lumps of matter in a range of limited colors: white, yellow, red, green and blue. In 2000, the owners of the hotel wanted to expand the building and made enquires with the Fontana Foundation about the risks of damage for the ceiling and about eventual disposal of the artwork. The building was not subject to any restrictions, and owners had obtained authorization for their plans, making it almost impossible to oppose the renovation, therefore the intervention became urgent. The technical feasibility to remove the painting was analyzed, and the potential loss of the unique characteristics of the artwork was considered. The 150 sq. m. ceiling was detached and divided into 25 panels which were applied on mobile supports. They are now on permanent display in the 20th Century Museum in Milan . Intervention was performed in A.T. I. with B. Ferriani. See CV attached.
(Photo by D. De Lonti, B.Ferriani and C.Vazio)
Lucio Fontana - Milan

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