Erica Ravenna

Francesco Lo Savio

Francesco Lo Savio

(Rome, 1935 – Marsille, 1963)

After exploring the possibilities of the Art Informel, Francesco Lo Savio starts a spatial research experimenting monochromes with the series Filtri, in which he overlaps layers of tissue papers and cardboards that articulates the plastic rhythm of the painting. In 1960 Francesco Lo Savio takes part in the exhibition 5-pittori. Roma ’60 curated by Pierre Restany at Galleria La Salita in Rome, where he presents the Metalli series: matte black metal plates bent and placed on a two-dimensional support. The series Articolazioni totali, presented in 1962, can be seen instead as precursors of Minimal Art; in this works the Metalli are enclosed inside white concrete cubes to isolate them from the external environment that suffocates their intensity. The hostility of the artistic environment, economic problems and depression eventually lead the artist to suicide.

Among the most significant exhibtions, we can mention: Documenta IV (Kassel, 1968); Biennale di Venezia (Venice,1968-1972-1986); Progetti per metalli alla galleria La Salita (Rome, 1969); Due decenni di eventi artistici in Italia, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato,1970);  Identité italienne. L’art en Italie depuis 1959, Centre Pompidou (Paris, 1981); Francesco Lo Savio - Raum-Licht, Kunsthalle Bielefeld (Bielefeld, 1986); The Italian Metamorposhis, 1943-1968, Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1994); Francesco Lo Savio, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2009); Slip of the Tongue, Fondazione Françoise Pinault, (Venice, 2015).

Francesco Lo Savio, Metallo nero opaco uniforme, 1960
Black enameled iron sheet
cm 23,5 x 57 x12