Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone)
Giuseppe Penone in Caracalla
June 7–October 30, 2022
Terme di Caracalla, Rome
Four monumental bronze sculptures of trees by Giuseppe Penone—Idee di pietra, Olmo (2008), Idee di pietra, Ciliegio (2011), Triplice (2011), and ldentity (2019)—are installed in the former Olympic-size swimming pool of the Terme di Caracalla in Rome. Built in the early third century CE, these public baths occupy a vast area near the Palatine Hill in the center of the city and are defined by mighty walls, some up to 30 meters (almost 100 feet) high, and extensive and well-preserved mosaic floors. Installed among the ruins, Penone’s trees are in dialogue with the architecture of the past, inspiring reflection on humanity’s relationship with nature, space, and time.
Installation view, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone): Giuseppe Penone in Caracalla, Baths of Caracalla, Rome, June 7–October 30, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Sèvres and the Art of Giuseppe Penone
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 5pm EDT
On the occasion of the exhibition Propagazioni: Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres, on view at Frick Madison, New York, through August 28, 2022, members of the museum’s curatorial team have organized an online seminar about the Sèvres porcelain manufactory in France and the distinguished career of Giuseppe Penone. Assistant curator of decorative arts Marie-Laure Buku Pongo will discuss the manufactory’s technical and artistic achievements, in particular its collaborations with contemporary artists. Assistant curator of sculpture Giulio Dalvit will explore Penone’s practice and the ways it challenges distinctions between art and nature, sculpture and painting, seeing and touching. To attend the event, purchase tickets at tickets.frick.org.
Giuseppe Penone holding a Propagazione di Sévres work, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
March 25–September 12, 2021
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
Giuseppe Penone’s Abete (Fir) is installed in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, to celebrate Dantedì, the day dedicated to the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, and the 700th anniversary of his death. The trunk and branches are made of cast stainless steel, encircled by a lattice with eighteen cast bronze elements. At just over 72 feet high, Penone’s sculpture is the largest ever installed in a public space in Florence and anticipates an upcoming exhibition of his work at the Gallerie degli Uffizi entitled Alberi In-versi (In-verse Trees), opening July 6.
Giuseppe Penone, Abete (Fir), 2013, installation view, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
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.
Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2019–2021 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Matthew Millman
Cecily Brown, Giuseppe Penone, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn in
100 Drawings from Now
October 7, 2020–January 17, 2021
Drawing Center, New York
The benefit exhibition 100 Drawings from Now features drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, providing a snapshot of artistic production during the period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as the surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the donated works spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation. Proceeds from the sales will support the Drawing Center and the artists. Work by Cecily Brown, Giuseppe Penone, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Treasure Hunt #2, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn
Michael Craig-Martin, Man Ray, Giuseppe Penone
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12pm edt
Join Gagosian for a trio of online presentations to learn about the ways Michael Craig-Martin, Man Ray, and Giuseppe Penone approach three-dimensional form and its potential to change the way we engage with the world. Craig-Martin will speak about his own practice, while Max Teicher and Pepi Marchetti Franchi will each discuss the works of Man Ray and Penone respectively. To join, register at zoom.us.
Installation view, Michael Craig-Martin: Sculpture, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, May 31–August 23, 2019. Artwork © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo: Mike Bruce
Philadelphia Museum of Art and Centre Pompidou
Giuseppe Penone has given the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris major gifts of works on paper. Each institution received more than three hundred pieces spanning five decades of the artist’s career, beginning in the late 1960s. The work reflects the artist’s wide range of influences and the connections he draws between humans and nature in exploring the involuntary processes of breathing, growth, and aging through materials such as stones, branches, and leaves. Both institutions plan to have exhibitions by Penone in 2022.
Giuseppe Penone, Attorno alla scultura, attorno allo scultore (Around the Sculpture, Around the Sculptor), 1984, Centre Pompidou, Paris © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Archivio Penone
Brown University will bestow an honorary doctorate of fine arts to Giuseppe Penone for his work as a visual artist on Sunday, May 27, 2018, during its 250th commencement ceremony.
Photo: James Ewing
Unveiling November 11, 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Giuseppe Penone’s Germination, a permanent site-specific commission for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, will be unveiled in the museum’s courtyard on November 11. The four-part installation reveals the artist’s fascination with the use of organic materials, such as trees, to highlight the connection between man, nature, and art. The central element of the installation is Leaves of Light, a vast bronze tree which interacts with Jean Nouvel’s architectural design through mirrors placed on its branches.
Rendering of Giuseppe Penone’s Leaves of Light (2017) © Giuseppe Penone
The American Academy in Rome has announced that Giuseppe Penone will receive the prestigious 2017 McKim Medal on June 7. This is an annual prize that honors individuals whose work exemplifies creative and intellectual exchange and who have contributed significantly to the arts and humanities on an international level. Past recipients include Cy Twombly, Renzo Piano, Umberto Eco, Miuccia Prada, and Bernardo Bertolucci.
Photo: Manuel Lagos Cid/Getty Images
Giuseppe Penone à La Tourette
Through December 24, 2022
Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France
Invited to show at Couvent de La Tourette, the monastery designed by Le Corbusier in Éveux, France, Giuseppe Penone executed in situ a series of rubbings of the building’s walls, creating a group of frottages and a limited-edition book. Included in the exhibition as well are older and recent works that explore a dialogue between architecture and nature.
Giuseppe Penone creating Le Bois Sacré-Cimes/Clocher (The Sacred Forest—Treetops and Bell Tower) (2022) at Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Marc Chauveau/FLC 2022
Through January 29, 2023
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands
Throughout his fifty-year career, Giuseppe Penone, a protagonist of Arte Povera, has explored respiration, growth, and aging—among other involuntary processes—to create an expansive body of work that includes sculpture, performance, works on paper, and photography. This retrospective exhibition features both early and recent work by Penone.
Giuseppe Penone, Sculture di linfa (Lymph Sculptures), 2005–07, installation view, 52nd Biennale di Venezia © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
Giuseppe Penone in
Renverser ses yeux: Autour de l’arte povera 1960–1975: photographie, film, vidéo
Through January 29, 2023
Jeu de Paume and Le Bal, Paris
For the first time, Jeu de Paume and Le Bal in Paris present a joint thematic exhibition on the use of media—photography, film, and video—by Italian artists of the 1960s and early 1970s. This show, whose title translates to Reversing the Eye: Arte Povera and Beyond, 1960–75: Photography, Film, Video, provides an overview of the visual experiments of the Arte Povera group and other members of the Italian avant-garde. Work by Giuseppe Penone is included.
Giuseppe Penone, Svolgere la propria pelle (To Unroll One’s Skin), 1970 (detail) © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
River of Forms
Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings
Through February 26, 2023
Philadelphia Museum of Art
River of Forms, curated by Carlos Basualdo, examines the central role that drawing plays in Giuseppe Penone’s practice and how it informs many of his large sculptural works from the 1960s until today. Celebrating the artist’s recent gift of drawings and artist’s books to the museum, this exhibition of nearly two hundred works on paper and a selection of sculptures reflects Penone’s extraordinary range of techniques and materials, and his belief in art as a means of understanding our place in the world.
Giuseppe Penone, Breaths, 1977 © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art
Through March 6, 2023
Centre Pompidou, Paris
In 2020, Giuseppe Penone made a substantial donation to the Centre Pompidou in Paris: 328 drawings covering fifty years of creation, from 1967 to 2019. This exhibition presents 241 drawings from his gift, displayed thematically rather than in chronological order, to convey the importance of serial work. Six sculptures are shown alongside the drawings, showcasing all of Penone’s favorite materials: wood, clay, stone, leaves, and bronze.
Giuseppe Penone, 2450 grammi (2450 Grams), 1994 © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
De la nature
Through March 19, 2023
Musée de Grenoble, France
This exhibition, whose title translates to Of Nature, explores the work of four artists whose practices examine one of the major subjects of the twenty-first century: the relationship between humans and nature. Ecological awareness on a planetary scale is in the process of upsetting systems of thought in economics, politics, and culture. Work by Cristina Iglesias and Giuseppe Penone is included.
Cristina Iglesias, Cave Study (x), 2022 (detail) © Cristina Iglesias. Photo: José Luis López de Zubiria, courtesy Cristina Iglesias Studio
Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres
March 17–August 28, 2022
Frick Madison, New York
This one-room installation of work by Giuseppe Penone is displayed at Frick Madison within the broader context of the museum’s collection of decorative arts, old master paintings, and sculpture. Consisting of eleven porcelain disks created during Penone’s 2013 collaboration with the Sèvres porcelain manufactory in France, the work, which has never before been shown publicly, invites a dialogue with the Frick’s rich holdings in the medium.
Frick Madison is the Frick Collection’s temporary home in New York’s iconic Breuer building on the corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street during the renovation of its own buildings.
Installation view, Propagazioni: Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres, Frick Madison, New York, March 17–August 28, 2022. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
Art Club #34
December 17, 2021–February 27, 2022
Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome
As part of its Art Club exhibition series curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, nine works by Giuseppe Penone are on view at Villa Medici in Rome, including five sculptures in terra-cotta and bronze and a video. In the exhibition, conceived for the private rooms of Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici, Penone aims to highlight the singularity of these intimate spaces by presenting emblematic works that question the material and the concept of sculpture.
Giuseppe Penone, Vaso, 1986, installation view, Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Daniele Molajoli/AFR–Villa Medici
Sève et pensée
October 12, 2021–January 23, 2022
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
Sève et pensée (Sap and Thought), an exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s François-Mitterand location, centers on Giuseppe Penone’s spectacular installation Pensieri e linfa (Sap and Thought) (2021), produced especially for the site, which features a frottage rubbing of a 30-meter-long acacia tree trunk on a length of canvas. Handwritten text by the artist runs along both sides of the imprint. Also included are previously unseen works, drawings, photographs, and books, as well as a series of eighteen recent prints that Penone has gifted to the library.
Installation view, Giuseppe Penone: Sève et pensée, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, October 12, 2021–January 23, 2022. Artwork © ADAGP, Paris, 2021. Photo: Archivio Penone
July 6–October 3, 2021
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
This exhibition of Giuseppe Penone’s work, whose title translates to In-verse Trees, includes over thirty drawings, photographs, sculptures, and installations. Presented as part of a yearlong celebration honoring the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of his death, the exhibition is inspired by the plant symbolism in “Paradiso,” the third and final part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Earlier in the year Penone’s monumental sculpture Abete (Fir) (2013) was installed in the Piazza della Signoria in anticipation of this exhibition.
Installation view, Giuseppe Penone: Alberi In-Versi, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy, July 6–October 3, 2021. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: courtesy Gallerie degli Uffizi
June 26–September 26, 2021
Galleria d’Arte Moderna “Giovanni Carandente,” Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy
This exhibition, whose title translates to Drawings, is the first show in Italy dedicated to Giuseppe Penone’s use of the medium. Outlining the conceptual landscape that forms his practice, the exhibition includes drawings from many different series, sketches for sculptures, and photographs of woods, ponds, and branches taken by Penone in 1976.
Installation view, Giuseppe Penone: Disegni, Galleria d’Arte Moderna “Giovanni Carandente,” Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy, June 26–September 26, 2021. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Stefano Bonilli
Giuseppe Penone in
Panorama | Procida
September 2–5, 2021
Various locations in Procida, Italy
Panorama brings together around fifty works spanning sculpture, painting, video, performance, and installations from a wide range of historical contexts. The exhibition takes place at twenty sites across the island of Procida, off the coast of Naples, including public and private buildings, churches, and historical palazzos, all pivoting around the fortified village of Terra Murata, which is dominated by the sixteenth-century Palazzo d’Avalos, a former prison citadel. This is the first in a series of exhibitions, each with the title Panorama, organized by Italics, an online editorial platform that highlights Italy’s extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage through its most celebrated gallerists, to explore some of the most fascinating places in the country. Work by Giuseppe Penone is included.
Giuseppe Penone, Equivalenze, 2016, installation view, Procida, Italy © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris