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The Italy of Prato
1982 - tin, copper, ceramic

A room in the former apartments of the villa's nobility now hosts an installation by Luciano Fabro. A ring of sheet copper runs around the top of the room's four walls, emphasizing the separation of Fabro's work from the nineteenth century ceiling painting that depicts an Oriental scene, typical of the time. Under this circle, the artist has placed a large panel striped with tin and copper on which the profile of Italy, reversed, is outlined with copper tubing. In addition, three "islands" are represented by white ceramic squares, on which black circles with green and red marks have been painted. Italy, as seen here by the artist, is polished and shiny but made of tin.

Luciano Fabro

Luciano Fabro ( Turin, November 20, 1936 -- Milan, June 22, 2007) was an important member of the Arte Povera  movement.
Among his most important one-man shows we recall here: Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1989); Documenta IX, Kassel (1992); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992); Openluchtmuseum voor Beeldhouwkunst, Middleheim (1994); Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (1994); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1996); Tate Gallery, London (1997);Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp (1998, 2005); Galerie LeLong, Zurich (2000); Musée Bourdelle, Paris (2004); Palinsesti, San Vito al Tagliamento (2007); Museo d'arte Donna Regina, Naples (2007-2008); Kunstmuseum, Winterthur (2013); Reina Sofia, Madrid (2014-2015)
His permanent public artworks include the reconstructed city square in the Picasso Platz in Basel (1994) as well as the pieces created for Røst, Norway (1994); Kirishima Open Air Museum, Japan (1999); Spöllberg, Germany (1999); Hereford, UK (2004); Reggio Emilia (2005).

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