Luciano Fabro

Tubo da mettere tra i fiori

Tube to Place Among Flowers

Steel tube, soil, flowers, plants
1963 – 2001

Courtesy of Archivio Luciano e Carla Fabro

Luciano Fabro (1936-2007) was a prolific artist and a central figure in the expansion and redefinition of sculpture in post-war Italy. Associated with the Arte Povera movement, Fabro made use of unconventional objects such as steel tubes, cloth, and newspapers for his works; although he also employed more expensive materials like gold, marble, and bronze. A major retrospective of Fabro’s works was held at the Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2014.

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  • His artwork was originally intended as a site-specific work in a garden in Milan but was never installed. It is a single industrial steel bar in dialogue with nature — camouflaged in the foliage. There are sections peeking through the leaves which provide a shining contrast between the metallic and the organic that makes the man-made more prominent and highlights art as a reworking of nature. It also emphasize the relationship of the natural and artificial.

  • His artwork was originally intended as a site-specific work in a garden in Milan but was never installed. It is a single industrial steel bar in dialogue with nature — camouflaged in the foliage. There are sections peeking through the leaves which provide a shining contrast between the metallic and the organic that makes the man-made more prominent and highlights art as a reworking of nature. It also emphasize the relationship of the natural and artificial.

  • His artwork was originally intended as a site-specific work in a garden in Milan but was never installed. It is a single industrial steel bar in dialogue with nature — camouflaged in the foliage. There are sections peeking through the leaves which provide a shining contrast between the metallic and the organic that makes the man-made more prominent and highlights art as a reworking of nature. It also emphasize the relationship of the natural and artificial.