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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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