7 April – 7 July 2018

Francesco Lo Savio

Casoli De Luca is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition on Italian artist Francesco Lo Savio (1935-1963).

Light, sensitive monochromes, architecture, transparencies, reflections of colour, visions. Francesco Lo Savio succeeded in giving all of this to art between 1958 and 1963, completing the golden circle Italian art has offered to culture and taste worldwide.

Lo Savio himself declared the intent of his artistic practice: “in memory of Piet Mondrian”. Such was the opening line of his text Spazio-Luce published in 1963 and edited in every detail by the artist himself. He is the artist who best tells us about the transition between the 50s and the 60s, so strongly focused on the modernist attempt of a utopian regeneration of the world. His practice, freed from all formal concepts, eludes representation and meaning becoming an absolute, universal experience.

A work by Lo Savio, with its geometric shapes and essential colours, is an engine that radiates energy; his works must be seen in real life, confronted, thought out and lived, only then their spiritual charge will be perceived. The attentive observer will be pervaded by a tangible expansion of energy that is liberated, through the reciprocal exchange engendered by the works and their surrounding environment.

The artist dies jumping from the terrace of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles, putting an end to a brief artistic career that nevertheless produced extraordinary results, to which an anticipation of Minimalism is attributed. Spazio-Luce, Filtri, Metalli, Articolazioni Totali; these are the cycles of completed works, all shown in this exhibition, which represent the evolution of research on the dialogue between his works, space and light. Some other projects were left, together with a model for the Maison au soleil, an architectural transposition of his artistic thought.