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Giuseppe Penone
Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 1pm est

Join Gagosian for a conversation between Giuseppe Penone and Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. The pair will discuss the artist’s practice, which is deeply engaged with nature and time, as well as his outdoor installation in San Francisco. Two large-scale bronze sculptures cast from trees—La logica del vegetale (The Logic of the Vegetal) (2012) and Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone) (2004)—are dramatically installed in Fort Mason’s Great Meadow, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, through March 28, 2021.

This event has passed. A recording is available below.

Recording of “In Conversation: Giuseppe Penone and Hans Ulrich Obrist,” online program presented by Gagosian, January 26, 2021

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In conjunction with Paris+ par Art Basel, Giuseppe Penone’s sculpture Albero di 3 metri (1995) has been installed in a vitrine viewable from outside Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu, Paris.

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Giuseppe Penone, Albero di 3 metri, 1995, installation view, Gagosian, rue de Ponthieu, Paris. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Thomas Lannes

Giuseppe Penone holding a Propagazione di Sévres work, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone

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Giuseppe Penone holding a Propagazione di Sévres work, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone

View of Giuseppe Penone’s website, giuseppepenone.com

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View of Giuseppe Penone’s website, giuseppepenone.com

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