he exhibition at the Mart, makes it possible to admire a virtuoso of anticipation, who since the 1950s has succeeded in creating a strongly personal style totally independently of international influences.
Born in Fabriano in 1929, Uncini arrived at sculpture after a brief flirtation with Informal art, using mixtures of earth, sand, cement and ash in his earliest works. In 1961, the artist founded Gruppo Uno, together with Biggi, Carrino, Santoro and Frascà. In the same period, he created his series of cementi armati (reinforced concrete), which summarise the creative process and matter in forms of great tectonic force.
Uncini used materials like cement and manhole covers, at the time used solely in the building sector and considered improbable in an artistic setting.
He was thus a pioneer who opened the way to the use of new materials in sculpture. This innovation had a direct influence on the America Minimal Art movement and on Arte Povera in Italy. The aesthetic of cement and iron became the distinctive mark of his work. Through the use of these materials, Uncini has also revolutionised many technical aspects of sculpture, absorbing complex engineering procedures, visible in the untreated surfaces of his works, which bear the signs of industrial processes.
Scientific directors: Gabriella Belli, Christa Steinle, Peter Weibel.