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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

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Giuseppe Penone à La Tourette

Through December 24, 2022
Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France
www.couventdelatourette.fr

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone

Through January 29, 2023
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands
www.voorlinden.nl

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, 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

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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
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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

Giuseppe Penone, Breaths, 1977 © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

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River of Forms
Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings

Through February 26, 2023
Philadelphia Museum of Art
philamuseum.org

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

Giuseppe Penone, 2450 grammi (2450 Grams), 1994 © Giuseppe Penone/2022 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Archivio Penone

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Giuseppe Penone
Dessins

Through March 6, 2023
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

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

Cristina Iglesias, Cave Study (x), 2022 (detail) © Cristina Iglesias. Photo: José Luis López de Zubiria, courtesy Cristina Iglesias Studio

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De la nature

Through March 19, 2023
Musée de Grenoble, France
www.museedegrenoble.fr

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

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

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Propagazioni
Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres

March 17–August 28, 2022
Frick Madison, New York
www.frick.org

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone
Art Club #34

December 17, 2021–February 27, 2022
Villa Medici–Académie de France à Rome
www.villamedici.it

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone
Sève et pensée

October 12, 2021–January 23, 2022
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
www.bnf.fr

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone
Alberi In-Versi

July 6–October 3, 2021
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
www.uffizi.it

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone
Disegni

June 26–September 26, 2021
Galleria d’Arte Moderna “Giovanni Carandente,” Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy
www.palazzocollicola.it

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, Equivalenze, 2016, installation view, Procida, Italy © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

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Giuseppe Penone in
Panorama | Procida

September 2–5, 2021
Various locations in Procida, Italy
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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

Theaster Gates, Monument in Waiting, 2020, installation view, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy GRAY, Chicago/New York

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Field of Dreams

August 20, 2020–August 31, 2021
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
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Field of Dreams activates the Parrish Art Museum’s expansive meadows with sculpture by ten international, multigenerational artists that engages and responds to the museum’s architecture and landscape. Created to extend the galleries outdoors, the exhibition series is part of the Parrish’s new Art in the Meadow initiative that enlivens its 14-acre grounds with artworks, performances, and projections. Work by Theaster Gates, Roy Lichtenstein, and Giuseppe Penone is included.

Theaster Gates, Monument in Waiting, 2020, installation view, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York © Theaster Gates. Photo: courtesy GRAY, Chicago/New York

Giuseppe Penone, Indistinti confini—Noce, 2017, installation view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Jacqueline Trichard/Centre Pompidou-Metz

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Indistinti confini—Noce
Giuseppe Penone

February 21, 2020–January 11, 2021
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
www.centrepompidou-metz.fr

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/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Jacqueline Trichard/Centre Pompidou-Metz

Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa

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La rivoluzione siamo noi
Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo

September 26, 2020–January 10, 2021
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, Italy
www.xnlpiacenza.it

XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, a new cultural center dedicated to contemporary art, presents its inaugural exhibition, whose title translates to We Are the Revolution: Contemporary Italian Collecting. The show features more than 150 works from eighteen of the most important art collections in Italy. Giuseppe Penone is creating a site-specific piece for the exhibition, and work by Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Piero Manzoni, and Andy Warhol is also included.

Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa

Giuseppe Penone, Una pelle di foglie, 1999 © Giuseppe Penone 

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Giuseppe Penone
Dessins, Gravures, et Sculptures

March 28, 2020–January 3, 2021
Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
www.domaine-chaumont.fr

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 

Jeff Wall, Daybreak (on an olive farm/Negev Desert/Israel), 2011 © Jeff Wall

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Among the Trees

March 4–October 31, 2020
Hayward Gallery, London
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

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.

Jeff Wall, Daybreak (on an olive farm/Negev Desert/Israel), 2011 © Jeff Wall

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

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Giuseppe Penone

April 13, 2019–June 28, 2020
Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz, Saarbrücken, Germany
www.kulturbesitz.de

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone in
Sublimi anatomie

October 22, 2019–January 6, 2020
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
www.palazzoesposizioni.it

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

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

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Pompei e Santorini
l’eternità in un giorno

October 11, 2019–January 6, 2020
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
www.scuderiequirinale.it

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

Adriana Varejão, Cadernos de viagem: Yãkoana, 2003 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Patrick Grie

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Nous les arbres

July 12, 2019–January 5, 2020
Fondation Cartier, Paris
www.fondationcartier.com

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

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

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Giuseppe Penone
Matrice di linfa

October 15–24, 2019
Palais d’Iéna, Paris
www.lecese.fr

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

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie (ANT 84), 1960 © Succession Yves Klein/ADAGP, Paris 2019. Photo: Muriel Anssens/Ville de Nice

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Préhistoire, une énigme moderne

May 8–September 16, 2019
Centre Pompidou, Paris
www.centrepompidou.fr

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

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

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Arte Povera
A Creative Revolution

May 17–August 16, 2018
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
www.hermitagemuseum.org

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