Luciano Fabro

1936 - 2007

Born in Torino (Italy), died in Milano (Italy).

Luciano Fabro (1936–2007, Italy) was a sculptor who ‘reasoned with his senses’ and one of the artists who defined arte povera (‘poor art’) in Italy in the 1960s and ’70s. He used materials and figures grounded in long tradition, but in new and stripped-down ways that enabled him to create constellations full of poetic meaning. At Sonsbeek in 1986 he installed a large block of Carrara marble in a steel net. Such monumental gestures pointing at nature’s bare essentials can also be found in Fabro’s more modestly scaled work, for instance his Arcobaleno (‘Rainbow’) made from multi-coloured cotton wads.

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