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About Giuseppe Penone

Since the late 1960s, Giuseppe Penone has challenged the boundaries between our bodies and nature in his arresting performances, sculptures, installations, and works on paper. A member of the radical Arte Povera group who sought to smash the divide between art and life in their unconventional works, Penone first gained attention for his landmark performance, Rovesciare I propri occhi (To reverse one’s eyes) (1970). Wearing a pair of mirrored contact lenses, which reflected and blinded him to the surrounding landscape, he picked his way forward with his feet and hands, emphasizing his body’s connection to the earth. Such performances eventually gave way to sculptures, mostly focused on trees. Exquisitely attuned to volume, mass, and space, Penone crafts trees out of materials like bronze and wood, revealing the disarming similarities between bark and skin, branches and limbs, trunk and torso.

Italian, b. 1947, Garessio, Italy

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Giuseppe Penone: Leaves of Stone / Foglie di pietra, Gagosian Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2015
2013

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Giuseppe Penone: Leaves of Stone / Foglie di pietra, Gagosian Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2015
2014
Giuseppe Penone: Circling, Gagosian Gallery, London
2013

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
New Skin, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
2015
Italian Artists as Jewellers, Elisabetta Cipriani, London
2014
Installment 2: The Collection, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2014
Main Room, Arsenal Montréal+Toronto, Montreal
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