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Giuseppe Penone

Foglie di bronzo / Leaves of Bronze

September 12–November 9, 2019
San Francisco

Installation view Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Works Exhibited

Giuseppe Penone, Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves), 2017 (detail) Bronze and river stone, 71 ⅝ × 77 ¾ × 37 ¼ inches (182 × 197.5 × 94.5 cm)© 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Giuseppe Penone, Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves), 2017 (detail)

Bronze and river stone, 71 ⅝ × 77 ¾ × 37 ¼ inches (182 × 197.5 × 94.5 cm)
© 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

About

The bifurcations of the trees that appear so intimately human to us . . . The bifurcations of the fingers, by their movement through space, form the branches, the roots, and by the succession of actions in the same points, construct the branches and trunk of the plant. The woodland landscape is the action of sculpture.
—Giuseppe Penone

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures and drawings by Giuseppe Penone, his first in San Francisco.

Penone uses objects from the natural world to document the intertwined relationship between humans and nature in evolution over a macroscopic, geological timeline. He was a proponent of the radical Arte Povera movement, beginning in Italy in the 1960s, which used “poor” and unconventional materials such as soil or plant matter to evoke a preindustrial age and subtly critique systems of industrialization, mechanization, and art. Penone’s earliest works included site-specific sculptures situated in the woods around his Piedmont hometown—the start of a decades-long fascination with the arboreal that is still prevalent in his work today.

This exhibition will feature a selection of works in bronze, stone, and marble illustrating Penone’s ability to seamlessly transpose human-made and naturally occurring patterns. In Respirare l’ombra – foglie di tè (To Breathe the Shadow – Leaves of Tea) (2008), a branch-like pair of bronze lungs emerges from a metal-gridded wall of tea leaves, creating a direct link between plant respiration and the inhalation and exhalation of human breath. Freestanding sculptures such as the cast bronze foliage of Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves) (2014–17) compare traces made by the artist’s hand to the weathering and degenerative marks made on plants and minerals as they are left to the elements.

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Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis, 2008 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Public Installation

Giuseppe Penone at Fort Mason

October 24, 2019–October 25, 2020
Fort Mason, San Francisco
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Gagosian presents a yearlong outdoor installation by Giuseppe Penone in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason. Two sculptures by Penone—La logica del vegetale (The Logic of the Vegetal) (2012) and Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone) (2004)—will be installed in Fort Mason’s Great Meadow, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. This project is presented in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area through the Art in the Parks program.

Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis, 2008 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Giuseppe Penone with his Idee di pietra – 1372 kg di luce (Ideas of Stone – 1372 kg of Light) (2010) in Madison Square Park, New York, 2013. Photo: James Ewing

In Conversation

Giuseppe Penone
Elizabeth Mangini

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 4:30pm
Fort Mason Center Chapel, San Francisco
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In celebration of the unveiling of Giuseppe Penone at Fort Mason, the artist will discuss his large-scale outdoor sculptures with art historian Elizabeth Mangini, associate professor and chair of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts and author of a forthcoming monograph on the artist. The conversation will begin promptly at 5pm. A reception will take place in Fort Mason’s Great Meadow immediately following the talk, at 5:45pm. The conversation is presented by Gagosian Quarterly Talks. To attend the free event, RSVP to rsvpsf@gagosian.com.

Giuseppe Penone with his Idee di pietra  1372 kg di luce (Ideas of Stone – 1372 kg of Light) (2010) in Madison Square Park, New York, 2013. Photo: James Ewing

Giuseppe Penone, Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves), 2014 (detail) © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone

Tour

Giuseppe Penone
Foglie di bronzo / Leaves of Bronze

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 3pm
Gagosian, San Francisco

Join Gagosian for a tour of Giuseppe Penone’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco. Penone uses objects from the natural world to document the intertwined relationship between humans and nature. Gagosian’s Graham Dalik will provide an overview of the artist’s career, from his early works as a major figure of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s to the present day, and offer an in-depth look at a selection of the sculptures on view in the show.  To attend the free event, RSVP to sftours@gagosian.com.

Giuseppe Penone, Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves), 2014 (detail) © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone