Giuseppe Penone, a memorable apprehension of the inner nature of life, and contemporary vision of Renaissance allegories
Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, Arbre hélicoïdal [Albero elicoidale]
wood, 800 x 30 x 30 cm, coll. particulière, 1988
photo : Paolo Mussat Sartor, 1988 Adagp, 2004
Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, Cèdre de Versailles [Cedro di Versailles]
wood, 600 x 170 cm, coll. particulière, 2002-2003
photo : Giuseppe Penone et Dina Carrara Adagp, 2004
of the visible

He works
our senses

of our own
of life

Giuseppe Penone reconcilates Arte Povera and Land Art, in a memorable apprehension of the inner nature of things. The excellent retrospective held at the Beaubourg Museum in Paris from June thru August 2004, showed the works done in the last 20 years.

Penone has a paradoxal and empathic vision of the visible world, and leads us to a subtle discovery of its content and invisible parts, as he depicts and analyses it with most insight. He does not try to show pleasing or beautiful works, but his elegant and esthetic touch reveals the inner beauty of our environment.

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, Peau de feuilles [Pelle di foglie], 2000
et Respirer l'ombre [Respirare l'ombra], 1999
cages métalliques, feuilles de laurier, bronze 330 x 180 x 130 cm
module de Respirer l'ombre : 78 x 117 x 7 cm
Collection Centre Pompidou-Musée national d'art moderne, Paris
Vue de l'installation au Centre Pompidou, distribution RMN
Photo : Philippe Migeat, 2000 Adagp, 2004

Through both his analytical and sensorial approach, he takes us to another vision of our physical world, and emphasizes the existing link between human being and mother nature.

He contributes with subtelty to develop our own empathy and vision, as he works through our senses rather than through our mind. As a poet he names his works with titles that sound like evocations, scents or images, and these very titles are an echo of his creations.

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, Ombre de terre [Ombra di terra], 2000-2003
Terre cuite, bronze, 230 x 180 x 80 cm, coll. particulière
Photographie de Giuseppe Penone et Dina Carrara Adagp, 2004

His awareness of time, which can be easily perceived in his work-process is very important, and the way he decrypts the cycle of the tree, and generally speaking of Nature, is an allegory of our own cycle of life. Humility comes out of it, and the all-mighty person who hides in each of us tends to withdraw in this adventure and get reconnected with its environment.

His approach to art and life reminds me of Anya Gallaccio’s ongoing fascination with time by making visible the inevitable process of natural decay and eventual disappearance.

Edith Lassiat
Paris, november 2004

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, Dépouille d'or sur épines d'acacia (bouche)
[Spoglia d'oro su spine d'acacia (bocca)] Soie, épines, colle, or, 2001-2002
300 x 1200 cm (trente toiles de 100 x 120 cm chacune)
Collection Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
Vue prise au Spazio per l'arte Contemporanea, Tor Bella Monaca, Rome
Photo: Giuseppe Penone et Dina Carrara Adagp, 2004

Giuseppe Penone, summer 2004, Centre Pompidou - National Museum of modern art, Paris

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