Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5pm
Fort Mason Center Chapel, San Francisco
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. Doors will open at 4:30pm. 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.
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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
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
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
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 4pm
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Giuseppe Penone will speak with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy, about his fifty-year career and his recent monograph The Inner Life of Forms, edited by Carlos Basualdo and published by Gagosian. The event is free with museum admission.
Giuseppe Penone with Spazio di luce (Space of Light) (2008) in his studio, Turin, Italy, 2016. Photo: Angela Moore
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
In partnership with English Heritage
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6pm
Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Gagosian director and art historian Richard Calvocoressi will lead a tour of the exhibition Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Calvocoressi will take a look at postwar and contemporary masters of self-representation, anchoring the conversation to an important Rembrandt masterpiece included in the exhibition, Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665). The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact email@example.com.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait with Two Circles, c. 1665, English Heritage, The Iveagh Bequest (Kenwood, London). Photo: Historic England Photo Library
The Inner Life of Forms
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2:30pm
Gagosian Shop, New York
Giuseppe Penone will sign copies of his newly released monograph, The Inner Life of Forms, published by Gagosian, which examines the artist’s more-than-forty-year career. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giuseppe Penone: The Inner Life of Forms (New York: Gagosian, 2018)
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 5:45 to 6:30pm, RSVP to email@example.com.
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. 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
Closing this Week
Matrice di linfa
Through October 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
Nous les arbres
Through 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
Through 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
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