Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone. Universal Gestures

March 14 – May 28, 2023

Galleria Borghese, Rome

Gesti universali (Universal Gestures) is the exhibition curated by Francesco Stocchi shown at the Galleria Borghese, where the relationship between art and nature that marks Francesca Cappelletti's direction and the poetics of Giuseppe Penone, creates an itinerary consisting of more than thirty works. In four rooms of the Gallery and in the gardens, Penone investigates the relationship between man and the surrounding matter, integrating the mineral world of statues from the collection with the organic and olfactory world of Respirare l’ombra [To Breath the Shadow] and Soffio di foglie [Breath of Leaves], the tactile sensitivity of Bernini with Pelle di cedro [Skin of Cedar] and Pelle di marmo e spine d’acacia [Marble Skin and Acacia Thorns]. Other series, including Alberi scortecciati [Debarked Trees] and Gesti vegetali [Vegetal Gestures] represent great themes of Giuseppe Penone’s practice: the questioning on sculpture and on the artist’s gesture, the relationship between time of nature and historical time as well as the dialogue, already present in ancient statuary and Baroque, between landscape, sculpture and nature.

Universal Gestures,
Installation view of gardens,
Galleria Borghese, Rome 2023

© Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone. Dessins

2022, October 19 – 2023, March 6
Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne, Paris

In 2020, Giuseppe Penone donated to the Musée national d'art moderne in Paris an important corpus of 328 drawings, covering fifty years of activity from 1967. A selection of these drawings, some of which have never been shown before, is now presented to public in an exhibition that develops thematically, illustrating the stages of Penone's artistic career. As testimony to the value of drawing in the process of creation, four works from the Pompidou collection, chosen in relation to the drawings, are also included, as well as two other works by the artist that give back a complete sampling of the favorite materials of his art: wood, stone, clay, bronze and leaves.

Giuseppe Penone, Racchiudere i millenni negli anni (To hold millennia in years), 2010. Centre Pompidou - Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris

© Archivio Penone

Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone at Museum Voorlinden

October 8, 2022 – January 29, 2023

Voorlinden Museum & Gardens, Wassenaar, The Netherlands

The large retrospective at Museum Voorlinden is an immersive journey through the artist's work, focusing on sensory experience of sight, touch and smell, revealing the intimate connection of Penone's sculptural language with nature and its processes. One of the emblematic installations, Sculture di linfa (Lymph Sculptures) conceived for the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, is presented here again alongside iconic works from Svolgere la propria pelle [To Unroll One's Skin], to the Soffi [Breaths], to his debarked Trees, to Respirare l’ombra [To Breath the Shadow] and Spazio di luce [Space of Light] in a sequence of striking rooms, as well with outdoor creations such as Equivalenze [Equivalences] and Albero folgorato [Thunderstruck Tree].

Sculture di linfa (Lymph Sculptures), 2005-2007
Installation view, Voorlinden Museum, 2022

© Archivio Penone

Solo exhibition

River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings

September 24, 2022 – February 26, 2023

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

With the great exhibition River of Forms, curated by Carlos Basualdo, the Philadelphia Museum of Art intends to celebrate the important donation of drawings received by Giuseppe Penone in 2019. Through a selection of almost 200 subjects, presented alongside works that mark the artist's career, the importance of drawing in Penone's artistic practice is documented, as well as the variety of techniques and materials used to make visible his way of understanding and feeling the world.

River of Forms: Giuseppe Penone’s Drawings. Installation view, 2022

© Archivio Penone

Solo exhibition

Giuseppe Penone à La Tourette

September 6 – December 24, 2022

Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France

Until 24 December 2022, the La Tourette convent is hosting a new series of creations by Giuseppe Penone. Invited to stay there by the Dominican friars, the artist meditated on and retraced the building designed by Le Corbusier as if it were a big tree, the crypt its roots, the pillars its trunks, the stone incrustations of the elevations its leaves. Using Le Corbusier's 63 shades of architectural polychromy, Penone created a sequence of frottages of the different parts of the structure, which also resulted in a limited-edition book: Le Bois Sacré du Couvent de la Tourette. The exhibition, curated by Father Marc Chauveau, is an opportunity to see other well-known works by Penone that, in dialogue with the spaces of the convent, are enriched with new and intense meanings.

Giuseppe Penone creating Le Bois SacréCimes/Clocher (The Sacred Forest—Treetops and Bell Tower) at Couvent de La Tourette, 2022

© Marc Chauveau/FLC 2022