Francesco Lo Savio

Born in Rome in 1935, Francesco Lo Savio died when he was twenty-eight, and is one of the most complex figures in the history of post-war European art. Lo Savio anticipated minimalist art just when the most anti-minimalist of art movements was exploding: Pop Art. If Pop Art celebrates the splendour of mass consumerism, Lo Savio followed the lesson of Mondrian and the Bauhaus. Rejecting the post-Romantic heritage and draughtsmanship of his architectural training, he celebrated light, form and space. His entire artistic production dates essentially from 1958 to 1963, when he produced three pictorial cycles: ‘Space-Light’, which concentrates on pure forms like the circle and square, the ‘Filters’, in which he superimposed pure forms, transforming them into ‘bodies of light’, and ‘Metalli’, in which he filled the physical space with industrial materials and techniques.

Francesco Lo Savio’s works have previously been exhibited at Punta della Dogana in “Mapping the studio: Artists from the collection of François Pinault” (2009-2011) and "Slip of the Tongue (2015-2016).

Filtro e rete – Slip of the Tongue

Spazio Luce – Slip of the Tongue