Fausto Melotti
Italian, 1901-1986
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
Fausto Melotti: Eden,
Hauser & Wirth
2016
Fausto Melotti. Trappolando,
Montrasio Arte / Km0
2013
Return to Earth,
Nasher Sculpture Center

Working in an array of materials, including wood, wire, plaster, and ceramics, Fausto Melotti is known for creating curious Surrealist sculptures in which symbolic forms express what has been described as the “inner realms of human experience.” Melotti’s artistic career spanned the mid-20th century, and he is thought to have been influenced by fellow Italians Georgio de Chirico and Lucio Fontana, the latter a contemporary of Melotti’s at the Academia de Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Melotti’s wire mobiles and “cages” have been compared, respectively, to the work of Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti. With their repeating motifs and rhythmic structures, these works also reflect Melotti’s strong interest in musical composition. Later in his career, Melotti’s work became increasingly figurative, a turn described by some critics as a postwar return to humanism.

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