Rigorismo is rooted in the tradition of the Spatialism movement of the late 1940s, as well as the German Zero movement of the late 1950s. challenges the definitions and limitations of space and object within artistic media. As a movement, it is influenced by a philosophical language of existence, which, as defined by Rene Descartes, is reducible to space and movement. It is these themes that the following artists challenge by interrupting the defined artistic spaces by manipulating canvas, metal, and other materials to create work out of space, itself. Synthesizing color, sound, space, movement, and time into a new type of art, as is the trademark of Spatialism, these artists of Rigorismo continue in this tradition, using innovative materials and tools to bring the movement through the Post-War era and into a more contemporary context.
Dadamaino, gained prominence among the Milanese avant- garde with her Volumi works: punctured canvases, splayed over white stretchers, By opening up the surface of the work, she gives her pieces a dynamic interplay between tangible colors and negative spaces. Dadamaino continued her negative-spatial pieces through the 1950s and 60s, showing with Milan’s experimental Azimuth (Bonalumi, Castellani, and Manzoni) and Group Zero in Germany. Dadamaino’s later works shifted to a linguistic theme of signs, which she exhibited in the 1980 Venice Biennale.
Work by Giuseppe Amadio, Cesare Berlingeri, Angelo Brescianini, Stefano Brunello, Riccardo Gusmaroli, Umberto Mariani, Nando Stevoli, Armando Marrocco, Gianfranco Migliozzi, Pino Pinelli, Turi Simeti.