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.