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Guiseppe Penone

Born in 1947, in Garessio (Italia)

Lives and works in Italia 

Giuseppe Penone is one of the most important representatives of Arte Povera, a movement initiated in Turin in 1967. Its artists invented new forms of sculpture using natural and everyday materials and simple methods.

Originally from an ancient village in Liguria, Penone has been deeply influenced by the natural environment of northern Italy, shaped by man over the centuries. In the 1970s his work took a poetic approach to nature, leading to a consideration of man and his power over the environment and, by extension, the world. The breath, skin, nails, fingerprints and the growth rings of trees are models for this research that fuses the individual and the universal, in which the tree, as man's alter-ego, is one of the main motifs. Made from classical materials (bronze, marble) or natural elements (thorns, stones, water) his works offer a global experience encompassing thought, sight, touch and smell.

Selected Bibliography

Paul, Frédéric. Giuseppe Penone : archéologie. Paris : Actes Sud, 2014. 

Pégard, Catherine ; Pacquement, Alfred ; Paul, Frédéric... [et al.]. Penone Versailles : [exposition, jardins et château de Versailles, 11 juin-31 octobre 2013]. Paris : Éd de la Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, 2013. 

Penone, Giuseppe ; Semin, Didier ; Coste, Mireille... [et al.]. Respirer l'ombre : Giuseppe Penone. Paris : École nationale des beaux-arts, 2008. (Ecrits d'artistes). 

Grenier, Catherine. Giuseppe Penone : exposition, Centre Pompidou, 21 avril au 23 août 2004. Paris : Centre Pompidou, 2004. 

Tosatto, Guy ; Penone, Giuseppe ; Didi-Huberman, Georges... [et al.]. Giuseppe Penone [exposition, Carré d'art - Musée d'art contemporain,Nîmes, 6 juin - 7 septembre 1997 ; De Pont fundation for contemporary art, Tilburg, 11 octobre 1997 - 8 février 1998 ; Galleria Civica d'Arte contemporanea, Trento, 6 mars - 3 mai 1998]. Torino : Hopfulmonster, 1997.

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