His balloon-like biospheres are inspired by structures found in nature such as clouds, soap bubbles and spider webs. His interdisciplinary interests have led him to collaborate with an array of architects and scientists. Studio International spoke to him at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London.
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, 16 January 2014
Interview by ANNA McNAY
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
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Luca Massimo Barbero – interview: ‘Fontana is a pioneer of conceptual art not just sculpture, a poetic response to more mental experimentation’
As the second in a trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to Lucio Fontana takes place at Hauser & Wirth New York, Luca Massimo Barbero, who curated it in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, explains why the artist is so important and what the three shows hope to achieve
Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s)
This show is a marvel of art and science in which the artist literally draws you into his web to share his love of spiders, even allowing you to experience what it is like being one
Tomás Saraceno: Aria
Saraceno’s utopian visions for a future without fossil fuel or boundaries – and his admiration for spider technology - make for a compelling show
Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009
It is appropriate therefore that the earliest works in this exhibition date from that time, tracking various currents of utopian, ecological, and activist art and architecture over the ensuing forty years. The pioneering efforts of Joseph Beuys, Robert Smithson, Richard Buckminster Fuller and others receive due attention, although the curators have decided against a chronological ordering, allowing the viewer to drift between historical and contemporary pieces and pick up the resonances between them as he or she wishes.