Luciano Fabro

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Fabro was associated with Arte Povera and from the 1960s onwards was known for his sculptural installations which focused on art, nature, mythology, and history.

Luciano Fabro was born in Turin, Italy in 1936. He lived and worked in Milan, Italy until his death in 2007. Known for his poetic, visual intelligence and intuitive, eclectic forms, Fabro was associated with Arte Povera and from the 1960s onwards was known for his sculptural installations which focused on art, nature, mythology, and history. 

The first major retrospective since the artist’s death opened in 2014 at the Reina Sofia in Madrid and ran through April 2015. In 2013 Fabro’s drawings were presented at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Zurich and in 2007 an exhibition of early works was shown at the Museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples.

During his lifetime Fabro’s work was in numerous important solo exhibitions including at the Folkwang Museum in 1981, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam in 1981-1982, the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris and at the Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne in 1987, the Museo di Rivoli in 1989, the Fundació Miró, Barcelona in 1990, the Kunstmuseum Luzern in 1990-1991, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1992, the Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia in 1994-1995, the Centre Pompidou in 1996-1997, at the Tate Gallery, London and the Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro in 1997, and at the Musée Bourdelle, Paris in 2004.

Fabro received a number of prestigious awards in his lifetime, including the Louis-Price award in 1981, the Sikkens Prize given by the Sikkens Stichting in Rotterdam in 1987, the Premio Antonio Feltrinelli awarded by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome in 1993, and in 1994 he received a Coutts Contemporary Art Award.

Fabro first participated in the Venice Biennale in 1972 and then again in 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, and 1997. In 1972, 1982, and 1992 his work was shown at Documenta in Kassel.

Fabro was associated with Arte Povera and from the 1960s onwards was known for his sculptural installations which focused on art, nature, mythology, and history.

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Brown fabric catalogue cover, titled From Arte Povera Giulio Paolini Giuseppe Penone Luciano Fabro

From Arte Povera

Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Luciano Fabro
This catalogue is a record of three consecutive solo exhibitions held at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York from January through June 2015 of work by Arte Povera artists Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone,...

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