Guiseppe Penone exhibition at the museum of Grenoble

from the 22th of November 2014 to the 22th of February 2015

Ten years after his retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, the Musée de Grenoble presents an exhibition of one of the major artists of our time: Guiseppe Penone. Designed in close collaboration with the author, this very free range combines old works and new creations. It calls for a sensual and poetic daydreaming which leads to a renewed approach of nature, the elements that make it and to an increased perception of the place of humans within it.

Giuseppe Penone was born in 1947 in Garessio, Piedmont. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, he produced his first works in the late sixties in operating directly on natural element. He is then associated with the movement of Arte Povera. The tree is one of the central topics of his work. Its approach is based on an intimate knowledge of the nature and aims to highlight the fundamental links between man and his origins.

Highlights on some of the works of the exhibition

Indistinti confini (Indistinct border)
With Indistinct borders, carried out recently but imagined thirty years ago, the artist brings out of the white stone Carrara perfect tree trunks. Every crevice of the bark, each branch section, each grain of the wood is beautifully delivered and contradicts the inorganic nature of the material. In addition, the ends of the trunk and branches are topped with a bronze disc with the patina to the color of the wood. The ambiguity appears as total, like is the inability to discern that which belongs to the mineral or vegetable. A question then arises: the marble would not it ultimately just another skin enclosing the tree inside?


Ripetere il bosco (Repeat the forest)
Of all the works created by Penone, one of the best has started at the beginning of his career 1969.It is one of the essential tasks of the art of the twentieth century: it consists of digging a beam wood following a growth ring previously determined, to find the tree that it contains. Find the tree in the beam, reversing the movement from nature to culture, restoring it into its dignity of plant by snatching its future as an object ... In the past decades, the artist reiterated regularly this gesture and made a group of trees that he occasionally presents under the title Repeat the forest.


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