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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

Donation

Giuseppe 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

Photo: James Ewing

Honor

Giuseppe 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

Rendering of Giuseppe Penone’s Leaves of Light (2017) © Giuseppe Penone

Commission

Giuseppe Penone

Unveiling November 11, 2017
Louvre Abu Dhabi
www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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

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Award

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.

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