“(…) and I’m floating in a most peculiar way.
And the stars look very different today (…)”

David Bowie

with works by
Lucio Fontana, Edmondo Bacci, Ettore Sottsass, Roberto Crippa, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Gianni Dova, Mario Deluigi, Emilio Scanavino, Enrico Donati

Studio Gariboldi presents SPACE ODDITY, an exhibition which displays ten important artworks created by artists who were part of the Spatialism movement in the 1950s. Set up at Corso Monforte 23, Studio Gariboldi’s new location, the showcase intends to promote the awareness of Milanese art of the Post-War period.

Installation view, Space Oddity, Studio Gariboldi

Installation view, Space Oddity, Studio Gariboldi

The exhibition Space Oddity, that inaugurates the renovated spaces in Corso Monforte 23, is set up in a space equipped with futuristic ventilation system, almost as if we are on a spaceship projected into the not-to-distant future. The Gallery intensions are to testify to everything that was happening in the 1950s at Palazzo Cicogna. It’s not a coincidence or if it is, it is definitely auspicious, that Lucio Fontana had his studio in Corso Monforte 23. He is the founder of the Spatialism, an avant-garde movement that perceives the Space as propulsion into the new possibilities, new idioms, without any limit.
His will was to draw up a Manifesto that would represent a new freedom of expression without any academic restrictions. A reaction for not being constrained within schemes that are affected by time in which they are born, running the risk of being forced to follow the trends and for this reason forgotten. React by looking beyond, this is the will of Fontana and other signers.

Emilio Scanavino, La tavola delle presenze, 1958, oil on canvas, 120 x 147 cm

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, 1956, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm


In these years we are all moving in different ways and the stars seem to be different, because the time grants us new distances and unusual ways to look at the same things and see them continuously changing. We know a lot about the space and we don’t know anything about it. The interstellar rockets, the moon landing, expeditions headed to Mars, everything is past and future, but together they form our present, of which we aim to discover the meaning through gathering together different fragments. The Art, for those who sees it, helps to trace a path and to accompany our daily life on Earth.
In an alleged circular motion, Studio Gariboldi, coming from the satellite experience of Via Ventura 5, returns to its original location and confirms its starting choices that resisted through a sieve of years and acquired new meanings.

In 1950s a group of Italian artists made of the Spatialism a way of doing and express themselves thanks to various languages leading to different results.

The Space seen as a new frontier, was a reason, one of the reasons, for not looking and seeing the facts all in the same way, in the usual identical way. Looks that have not been equalled even today, precisely because the Space is far from being known, discovered and dominated. Therefore Fontana, Bacci, Crippa, Deluigi, Dova, Sottsass, Scanavino, Donati, Capogrossi have been passed though the sieve of the Art History and the personal history of the gallerists. Their language is contemporary and it binds to the vision of our millennium through colors and harmonies.

The new season of exhibitions of Studio Gariboldi starts from them and it will be followed by shows which will take into account, as it’s always been, the aesthetic taste and the research that aims to respect the History. The technical knowledge and a form of classicism will guarantee to the collector works of art with no end-date.

Edmondo Bacci, Avvenimento 325, 1959, tempera grassa on canvas, 140 x 140 cm

Roberto Crippa, Spirali, 1951, oil on canvas, 160 x 200 cm


“The Spatial Artist doesn’t impose a figurative theme to the spectator, but he puts him in a position of creating it himself through his fantasy and the received emotions. The humanity is forming a new conscience so there is no need to represent the man, the house or the nature, but to create the spatial sensations using its own fantasy.” III Italian manifesto, 1950

detail, Enrico Donati, Alchimia, 1952, oil and enamel on canvas, 25,5 x 525 cm

Installation view, Enrico Donati, Alchimia, 1952

Gianni Dova, Composizione nucleare, 1951, oil and enamel on canvas, 59,5 x 180 cm


Ettore Sottsass, Untitled, 1953, oil on board, 64,4 x 150,5 cm


Enrico Donati, Brooklyn vista da Milano, 1952, oil and enamel on canvas, 20 x 145 cm

Installation view, Space Oddity, Studio Gariboldi

Installation view, Space Oddity, Studio Gariboldi

Installation view, Space Oddity, Studio Gariboldi

“We want the picture to break away from its frame and sculpture from its bell jar. An expression of aerial art for a minute is as if it were to endure a millennium, in eternity.” II Manifesto italiano, 1948

I° Italian Manifesto

II° Italian Manifesto

III° Italian Manifesto

IV° Italian Manifesto

Technical Manifesto