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
The Inner Life of Forms
An excerpt of Giuseppe Penone: The Inner Life of Forms is available for online reading from July 1 through July 30 as part of the From the Library series. The selected essay, Sculpting Time by archaeologist and art historian Salvatore Settis, draws Penone’s work into dialogue with classical and preclassical history. The full monograph, edited by Carlos Basualdo of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s oeuvre to date. The book consists of two components: a three-part, in-depth dialogue between Basualdo and Penone and essays by Emily Braun, Tim Ingold, Rémi Labrusse, and Settis; and twelve individual booklets containing eleven new texts by longtime Penone scholar and collaborator Daniela Lancioni that explore the core themes and interests embodied in the artist’s work.
Giuseppe Penone: The Inner Life of Forms (New York: Gagosian, 2018)
Visions of the Self
Rembrandt and Now
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm
Kenwood House, London
In the interest of public health, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Gagosian is pleased to host a drinks reception to celebrate the release of Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, published on the occasion of the recent eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Organized in partnership with English Heritage, the exhibition places Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) in dialogue with self-portraits by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. The catalogue includes an introduction by Wendy Monkhouse, senior curator at English Heritage, and a text by art historian David Freedberg. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:30pm
Palais d’Iéna, Paris
Giuseppe Penone will speak with Germano Celant about his exhibition Matrice di linfa, opening at the Palais d’Iéna, Paris, on October 15, on the occasion of FIAC 2019. The event is free to attend.
Giuseppe Penone in his studio, Turin, Italy, 2016. Photo: Angela Moore
Giuseppe Penone at Fort Mason
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5–6:30pm
Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco
As the sun sets over the San Francisco Bay, join us to celebrate the opening of a yearlong public installation of two large-scale bronze sculptures by Giuseppe Penone in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason. The evening will include brief remarks by Gagosian’s Charlie Spalding with a drinks reception to follow. To attend the free event, RSVP to email@example.com.
Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2019 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giuseppe Penone, Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves), 2014 (detail) © 2019 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
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
Giuseppe Penone at Fort Mason
October 24, 2019–October 25, 2020
Fort Mason, San Francisco
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. To attend the opening reception on Thursday, October 24, from 5 to 6:30pm, RSVP to email@example.com.
Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra (Ideas of Stone), 2004, installation view, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2019 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Matthew Millman
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
Among the Trees
Through October 20, 2020
Hayward Gallery, London
This exhibition brings together artworks that explore our relationships with trees and forests. Beginning with pioneering works from the late 1960s, Among the Trees surveys an expansive artistic terrain, including sculpture, painting, installation, video, and photography. The show invites viewers to consider trees as symbols and as living organisms that have helped to shape human civilization. Work by Sally Mann, Giuseppe Penone, and Jeff Wall is included.
Sally Mann, Untitled (Scarred Tree), 1998 © Sally Mann
Dessins, Gravures, et Sculptures
Through November 1, 2020
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
This exhibition, whose title translates to Drawings, Etchings, and Sculptures, consists of two large sculptures, thirty original drawings, and seven engravings by Giuseppe Penone.
Giuseppe Penone, Una pelle di foglie, 1999 © Giuseppe Penone
Through January 11, 2021
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Centre Pompidou-Metz has invited Giuseppe Penone to install a new original work: a 49-foot-tall cast-bronze sculpture of a walnut tree (whose title translates to Indistinct Boundaries), with some sections and branches made of white marble.
Giuseppe Penone, Indistinti confini—Noce, 2017, installation view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France © Giuseppe Penone/2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Jacqueline Trichard/Centre Pompidou Metz
April 13, 2019–June 28, 2020
Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz, Saarbrücken, Germany
Giuseppe Penone’s aesthetics are based on a dialogue with nature and its forces and revolve around the question of the limits of one’s own body and perception. Included in this eponymous exhibition is the multipart expansive sculpture Coteccia (1983), which is presented in Germany for the first time.
Giuseppe Penone, Ripetere il bosco (To Repeat the Forest), 1969–97 © Giuseppe Penone/2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone
Giuseppe Penone in
October 22, 2019–January 6, 2020
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
This show, whose title translates to Sublime Anatomies, reveals the astounding nature of the human body, exploring the common ground between art and science through artistic and scientific works, including artifacts and documents, which illustrate the evolution of human anatomical study and its close relation to contemporary artistic research. Work by Giuseppe Penone is included.
Installation view, Sublimi anatomie, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, October 22, 2019–January 6, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Yvonne Rainer; © 2020 Giuseppe Penone/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Monkeys VideoLab
Pompei e Santorini
l’eternità in un giorno
October 11, 2019–January 6, 2020
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
Pompeii and Santorini: Eternity in a Day offers a comparison between two ancient sites whose entire societies were buried by eruptions—Pompeii and Santorini. Through themes of catastrophe and rebirth, visitors explore how natural disasters become inspiration for art. Work by Damien Hirst, Giuseppe Penone, and Andy Warhol is included.
Installation view, Pompei e Santorini: l’eternità in un giorno, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, October 11, 2019–January 6, 2020. Artwork © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Studio Idini
Nous les arbres
July 12, 2019–January 5, 2020
Fondation Cartier, Paris
Organized around several large ensembles of works, this exhibition, whose title translates to We, the Trees, gives voice to numerous figures who have developed a strong, intimate link with trees, thereby revealing the beauty and biological wealth of these great protagonists of the living world, threatened today with large-scale deforestation. Work by Giuseppe Penone and Adriana Varejão is included.
Adriana Varejão, Cadernos de viagem: Yãkoana, 2003 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Patrick Grie
Matrice di linfa
October 15–24, 2019
Palais d’Iéna, Paris
On the occasion of FIAC 2019, Giuseppe Penone presents Matrice di linfa (Matrix of Lymph) (2008) at the Palais d’Iéna in Paris, home to France’s Conseil Économique Social et Environnemental. The 141-feet-long tree, stripped of eighty years of ring growth, echoes the council’s environmental commitment and celebrates the eightieth anniversary of the Palais d’Iéna, designed by Auguste Perret. The work is accompanied by two new sculptures. This is Penone’s first exhibition in Paris since 2013.
Rendering of Giuseppe Penone’s Matrice di linfa (Matrix of Lymph) (2008) in Palais d’Iéna, Paris. Artwork © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Préhistoire, une énigme moderne
May 8–September 16, 2019
Centre Pompidou, Paris
This exhibition examines the link between prehistory and modern and contemporary art. It reveals that some of the most important artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been haunted by the question, What is prehistory? Work by Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Giuseppe Penone, and Pablo Picasso is included.
Yves Klein, Anthropométrie (ANT 84), 1960 © Succession Yves Klein/ADAGP, Paris 2019. Photo: Muriel Anssens/Ville de Nice
A Creative Revolution
May 17–August 16, 2018
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Arte Povera emerged in the second half of the 1960s with a generation of Italian artists who challenged traditional painting and sculpture by embracing simple materials and techniques. The exhibition includes works by prominent members of the movement, as well as art that proceeded Arte Povera. Work by Lucio Fontana and Giuseppe Penone is included.
Giuseppe Penone, Respirare l’ombra (To Breath the Shadow), 1999 (detail), Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Installation view at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino. Photo: Paolo Pellion
Des corps de pierre
September 9–November 26, 2017
Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
A selection of works by Giuseppe Penone have been installed in the newly constructed art pavilion at Château La Coste, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Large-scale bronze and marble works and works on paper are presented both inside and outside the gallery to create a dialogue between art, architecture, and nature.
Installation view, Giuseppe Penone: Des corps de pierre, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France, September 9–November 26, 2017
January 27–July 30, 2017
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome
Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, this unique display of works by Giuseppe Penone is on view in Rome’s grand Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. The exhibition is Fendi’s first public presentation of contemporary art at the venue.
Photo by Matteo Piazza