FONTAINE FRANCESCO MARINO DI TEANA
- Dimensions : 53 × 41 × 30.5 cm
- Year : 1958-59
- Material : Steel with black patina and glass
- Editions : Edition of 8 + 4 AP
- Signature : Signed with the artist's stamp
- Thèmes : Architecture
- Ton : Dark
Referenced in the Artist's Raised Catalog under No. 1151
LOFT Editions, 2018, under the direction of Nicolas Marino di Teana and Malika VINOT
In his works, Marino di Teana constantly attempts to reveal unexpected dimensions of sculptural production such as the density of space, the tangibility of light and the versatility of metal. It is therefore not surprising that, as early as the 1950s, he recognizes water as a “sculptural” value by creating “dynamic” and potentially mobile fountains, designed to “move within a given radius.”
The form and size of the works to which we have access today do not, however, account for the imposing projects that Marino executed during this period. If both the 8-meter movable structure built in 1959 for Alsthom at the Electrama show and the 40 meter-long fountain plan designed for the San Francisco Civic Center in 1964 suggest the artist’s ambitions, their imposing scales would only be revealed later through the patronage of companies such as Saint Gobain and installations made within privileged settings. Forty four years before their creation, the powerful and oscillating Monumental Fountains of the 1963 Contemporary Art exhibition already showed the characteristics of the future Monumenta works at the Grand Palais.
Born in 1920 in Italie, Francesco Marino di Teana was graduated of the Fine- Arts school of Buenos Aires (Argentine), and then moved to France in 1953.
Painter, sculptor, architecte, philosopher and poet, he devoted his whole life and all his creation to discover, develop and construct the modelization projects of urban space. He undertook numerous public and private purchases between the 1960s and the 1990s in France and as well in Europe, a set of Fontaines Monumentales at Grand Palais (Paris), the 21 meters high Liberté in the Fontenay-sous-Bois which is the biggest sculpture of stainless steel in Europe (1990). Presented as well in many museums, like the National Museum of Modern Art, Marino di Teana was subject to a retrospective at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1976. He also represented Argentina to the Venice Biannale in 1982 and won the Commandant Paul- Louis Weiller de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts Prix in 2009.
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