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Biography

Luciano Fabro (born 1936 in Turin; died 2007 in Milan) is renowned for his radical reevaluation of sculptural form and his rigorous approach to spatial context, material, and meaning. A landmark figure of post-war Italian art, he was also a prolific writer, publishing numerous texts on art theory. Fabro's work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at institutions around the world, such as Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1988); Fundació Miró, Barcelona (1990); Kunstmuseum, Luzern (1990-1991); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1996-1997); Tate Gallery, London (1997); Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007); and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2014). Between 1972 and 1997, Fabro participated in eight editions of the Venice Biennale as well as three editions of documenta in Kassel. Fabro was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Sikkens Prize, awarded from Rotterdam (1987), the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize from Rome (1993); and a Coutts Contemporary Art Award from Zurich (1994).

Selected Works

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Luciano Fabro Eos (L’Aurora), 1997 Nero Marquina marble, Fior di Pesco marble, onyx, and gold leaf overall: 15 1/2 x 106 3/4 x 30 1/2 in. (39.4 x 271.1 x 77.5 cm) Photo: Marco Anelli

Luciano Fabro
Eos (L’Aurora), 1997
Nero Marquina marble, Fior di Pesco marble, onyx, and gold leaf
overall: 15 1/2 x 106 3/4 x 30 1/2 in. (39.4 x 271.1 x 77.5 cm)
Photo: Marco Anelli; Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art

Installation view, Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015.

Installation view, Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 - April 12, 2015. Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Luciano Fabro It-alia, 1971 Mirrored crystal glass, lead, and wood 38 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (97.8 x 156.2 x 100.3 cm) Photo: Marco Anelli

Luciano Fabro
It-alia, 1971
Mirrored crystal glass, lead, and wood
38 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (97.8 x 156.2 x 100.3 cm)
Photo: Marco Anelli; Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art

Luciano Fabro Italia d'oro, 1968-1971 bronze, gold, steel, cable, clips 29 1/2 x 17 5/7 in. (75 x 45 cm)

Luciano Fabro
Italia d'oro, 1968-1971
bronze, gold, steel, cable, clips
29 1/2 x 17 5/7 in. (75 x 45 cm)
Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Installation view of Luciano Fabro's Sisifo at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp in 1994

Luciano Fabro
Sisifo, 1994
engraved marble, flour
installation dimensions variable
Courtesy Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

nstallation view of Ovaie (1988), Ogni ordine è contemporaneo d’ogni altro ordine. Quattro modi di esaminare la facciata del SS. Redentore a Venezia (Palladio) (1972-73), and Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte IV (1994-2000) in Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015.

Installation view of Ovaie (1988), Ogni ordine è contemporaneo d’ogni altro ordine. Quattro modi di esaminare la facciata del SS. Redentore a Venezia (Palladio) (1972-73), and Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte IV (1994-2000) in Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015. Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Installation view, Arte Povera, at Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York, ongoing exhibition. Photo: Marco Anelli. Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art.

Installation view, Arte Povera, Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York, ongoing exhibition. Photo: Marco Anelli. Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art.

Luciano Fabro Struttura ortogonale assoggettata ai quattro vertici a tensione, 1964 brass tubing 41 x 89 3/8 in. (104 x 227 cm)

Luciano Fabro
Struttura ortogonale assoggettata ai quattro vertici a tensione, 1964
brass tubing
41 x 89 3/8 in. (104 x 227 cm)
Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Luciano Fabro Computer (gallina), 1990 iron and painted aluminum

Luciano Fabro
Computer (gallina), 1990
iron and painted aluminum
124 x 86.614 in. (315 x 220 x 0.5 cm)
​Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Luciano Fabro L'Infinito, 1989 steel cable and marble 17 3/4 x 315 x 236 1/4 in. (45 x 800 x 600 cm)

Luciano Fabro
L'Infinito, 1989
steel cable and marble
17 3/4 x 315 x 236 1/4 in. (45 x 800 x 600 cm)
Photo: Paolo Pellion; Courtesy Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino

Luciano Fabro Il Nido, 1994 Carrara marble two column fragments, each: 33 1/2 in. (85 cm) diameter eggs, each: 9 4/5 in. (25 cm) diameter Photo: Agostino Osio Courtesy Galleria Christian Stein, Milan

Luciano Fabro
Il Nido, 1994
Carrara marble
two column fragments, each: 33 1/2 in. (85 cm) diameter
eggs, each: 9 4/5 in. (25 cm) diameter
Photo: Agostino Osio; Courtesy Galleria Christian Stein, Milan

Luciano Fabro Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte I, 1994 Portuguese pink marble, red Levanto marble, gold, lead, glass 39 1/2 x 101 x 14 7/8 in. (100.3 x 256.5 x 37.8 cm)

Luciano Fabro
Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte I, 1994
Portuguese pink marble, red Levanto marble, gold, lead, glass
39 1/2 x 101 x 14 7/8 in. (100.3 x 256.5 x 37.8 cm)

Luciano Fabro Eos (L’Aurora), 1997 Nero Marquina marble, Fior di Pesco marble, onyx, and gold leaf overall: 15 1/2 x 106 3/4 x 30 1/2 in. (39.4 x 271.1 x 77.5 cm) Photo: Marco Anelli

Luciano Fabro
Eos (L’Aurora), 1997
Nero Marquina marble, Fior di Pesco marble, onyx, and gold leaf
overall: 15 1/2 x 106 3/4 x 30 1/2 in. (39.4 x 271.1 x 77.5 cm)
Photo: Marco Anelli; Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art

Installation view, Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015.

Installation view, Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 - April 12, 2015. Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Luciano Fabro It-alia, 1971 Mirrored crystal glass, lead, and wood 38 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (97.8 x 156.2 x 100.3 cm) Photo: Marco Anelli

Luciano Fabro
It-alia, 1971
Mirrored crystal glass, lead, and wood
38 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (97.8 x 156.2 x 100.3 cm)
Photo: Marco Anelli; Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art

Luciano Fabro Italia d'oro, 1968-1971 bronze, gold, steel, cable, clips 29 1/2 x 17 5/7 in. (75 x 45 cm)

Luciano Fabro
Italia d'oro, 1968-1971
bronze, gold, steel, cable, clips
29 1/2 x 17 5/7 in. (75 x 45 cm)
Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Installation view of Luciano Fabro's Sisifo at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp in 1994

Luciano Fabro
Sisifo, 1994
engraved marble, flour
installation dimensions variable
Courtesy Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

nstallation view of Ovaie (1988), Ogni ordine è contemporaneo d’ogni altro ordine. Quattro modi di esaminare la facciata del SS. Redentore a Venezia (Palladio) (1972-73), and Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte IV (1994-2000) in Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015.

Installation view of Ovaie (1988), Ogni ordine è contemporaneo d’ogni altro ordine. Quattro modi di esaminare la facciata del SS. Redentore a Venezia (Palladio) (1972-73), and Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte IV (1994-2000) in Luciano Fabro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015. Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Installation view, Arte Povera, at Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York, ongoing exhibition. Photo: Marco Anelli. Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art.

Installation view, Arte Povera, Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York, ongoing exhibition. Photo: Marco Anelli. Courtesy Magazzino Italian Art.

Luciano Fabro Struttura ortogonale assoggettata ai quattro vertici a tensione, 1964 brass tubing 41 x 89 3/8 in. (104 x 227 cm)

Luciano Fabro
Struttura ortogonale assoggettata ai quattro vertici a tensione, 1964
brass tubing
41 x 89 3/8 in. (104 x 227 cm)
Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Luciano Fabro Computer (gallina), 1990 iron and painted aluminum

Luciano Fabro
Computer (gallina), 1990
iron and painted aluminum
124 x 86.614 in. (315 x 220 x 0.5 cm)
​Courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Luciano Fabro L'Infinito, 1989 steel cable and marble 17 3/4 x 315 x 236 1/4 in. (45 x 800 x 600 cm)

Luciano Fabro
L'Infinito, 1989
steel cable and marble
17 3/4 x 315 x 236 1/4 in. (45 x 800 x 600 cm)
Photo: Paolo Pellion; Courtesy Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino

Luciano Fabro Il Nido, 1994 Carrara marble two column fragments, each: 33 1/2 in. (85 cm) diameter eggs, each: 9 4/5 in. (25 cm) diameter Photo: Agostino Osio Courtesy Galleria Christian Stein, Milan

Luciano Fabro
Il Nido, 1994
Carrara marble
two column fragments, each: 33 1/2 in. (85 cm) diameter
eggs, each: 9 4/5 in. (25 cm) diameter
Photo: Agostino Osio; Courtesy Galleria Christian Stein, Milan

Luciano Fabro Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte I, 1994 Portuguese pink marble, red Levanto marble, gold, lead, glass 39 1/2 x 101 x 14 7/8 in. (100.3 x 256.5 x 37.8 cm)

Luciano Fabro
Il giorno mi pesa sulla notte I, 1994
Portuguese pink marble, red Levanto marble, gold, lead, glass
39 1/2 x 101 x 14 7/8 in. (100.3 x 256.5 x 37.8 cm)