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This Vaso of 1948, also known as Omaggio a Lucio Fontana, is an elegy to the friendship that binds Melotti and the father of Spatialism since they were fellow students of Adolfo Wildt at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. Melotti had previously dedicated to Fontana a work, Lettera a Fontana, in 1944, as an expression of the friendship that bound the two artists, consolidated in the following decade through the group of abstract artists associated with Gino Ghiringhelli’s Galleria il Milione.
This work of an overwhelming and grave materiality is a clear tribute to Lucio Fontana's Scultura spaziale of 1947, a material crown that frames a circular void exhibited for the first time at the 24th Venice Biennale in 1948. Scultura spaziale of 1947 represents one of Fontana's first attempts towards an iconography of the space age, in which the artist tries to propose a new relationship between the empty space, the true subject of the work, and the frame.
This search for identity between space and matter can be found in this work in the ambiguity of the form, whereby the amorphous generates and becomes meaning. In contrast to the typical 'Melottian' lightness, the vigorous shape powerfully expresses its entire materiality, accentuated by the dark material concretions that seem to proliferate in space, inducing the matter to a continuous becoming.
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