Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone. Sève et pensée

October 12, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Bibliothèque nationale de France – François-Mitterand, Paris

The Bibliothèque nationale de France hosts for the first time an exhibition entirely dedicated to Giuseppe Penone, which invites us to discover the links between man and nature, reflecting on the value of time, the imprint and memory. Penone has produced for the occasion a spectacular installation, Pensieri e linfa (Sap and Thought), the frottage of an acacia trunk of thirty meters along which flows an uninterrupted text handwritten on linen canvas, the result of fifty years of reflections and creations on the topics dearest to the artist. Alongside this emblematic work, other works never shown before are exhibited, such as the twelve monumental Alberi-book or the series of Leaves of Grass, painted with fingertips, inspired by the first edition of Walt Whitman's poem. Drawings, photographic works and artist's books are also included, as well as a series of 18 newly created engravings, which, donated by Penone, will now become part of the library's collections.

Installation view: in the foreground, Pensieri e linfa

©Archivio Penone

Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone. Bodies Imprinted in the Air

September 16 – November 13, 2021
22 Anapiron Polemou Street, Athens

The solo exhibition organized by Gagosian in Athens is the opportunity to present a new series of works created by the artist in the last year and which give the exhibition its title: Impronte di corpi nell’aria (Bodies Imprinted in the Air). Sculptures made of marble and bronze that evoke the growth of plant life out of stone as though from earth, in dialogue with other previous creations that share the research on the interaction between the human body and nature, that Penone has been conducting since the beginning of his career.

Impronte di corpi nell’aria – rami (Bodies Imprinted in the Air branches), 2021

© Archivio Penone

Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone. Alberi in versi

July 6 – October 3, 2021
Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy

More than 30 selected works of art, including sculptures, installations, drawings, engravings and photographs over a fifty years activity up to the artist's latest unedited creations, dialogue in the spaces of the Uffizi Galleries with the masterpieces of the historic Florentine museum, in a comparison full of suggestions and references. The exhibition, entitled Alberi in versi(Trees in verse), is part of the Dante celebrations planned for 2021 and was announced in March by the installation of the monumental steel and bronze tree, Abete (Fir, 2013), in Piazza Signoria.

Respirare l’ombra (To Breath the Shadow, 2008) and Soffio di foglie (Breath of Leaves, 1979)

© Ela Bialkowska - OKNO studio

Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone: Disegni

June 26 – September 26, 2021
Galleria d’Arte Moderna “G. Carandente”, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy

For the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, the Galleria d'arte moderna "G. Carandente" presents an exhibition entirely devoted to drawing, the first of its kind by Penone in Italy, after the one at the Drawing Center in New York in 2007: 35 drawings, along with a group of photographic works, from the sketches on notebook pages that accompany his beginnings at the end of the 1960s to the colored plates of the Soffi series of 1977-1978 and of the more recent Foglie (2014), as well as the Gesti vegetali.

Soffi (Breaths), 1977

© Archivio Penone

Public Installation

The Listener

May 22 – November 21, 2021
Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Giuseppe Penone’s Idee di pietra – olmo (Ideas of Stone – Elm Tree, 2008) – The Listener has been installed in Venice as part of the 17th Biennale Architettura of La Biennale di Venezia. This year’s exhibition brings together artists and architects to explore the question “How Will We Live Together?” At just over twenty-nine feet high, Penone’s sculpture, comprising a bronze elm tree cradling a heavy stone, is partially submerged in the Venetian lagoon at the Arsenale site.

Idee di pietra – olmo (Ideas of Stone – Elm Tree), 2008

© Sebastiano Pellion di Persano