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Revisiting The Art — And Argentine Origins — Of Lucio Fontana

A current exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires isn't just about remembering a great 20th-century artist. It's about reclaiming him as a national treasure.

Argentina's National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires is housing a special exhibition on the work of Fontana
Argentina's National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires is housing a special exhibition on the work of Fontana
Julia Villaro

BUENOS AIRES –– Lucio Fontana isn't all that well known in Argentina despite being Argentine, which is itself a little-known fact. The late great 20th-century artist is generally cited as being Italian, where he did much of his work.

Still, Argentina has every right to claim Fontana as its own. The innovator who anticipated installation art was born in Rosario in 1899, moved to Italy shortly thereafter, but returned to Argentina while still just a boy, remaining here throughout his childhood. He also lived in Argentina for stints as an adult.

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