Giuseppe Penone

- Selected Works
- Biography

Giuseppe Penone (B. 1947) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and made his debut as part of Arte Povera, with a research focused on nature and its processes of transformation. Since 1968 he presents actions, documented by photographs, intended to view and modify the natural processes of growth (Alpi Marittime, 1968; Alberi serie, since 1969; Gesti Vegetali serie, since 1984). Even the human body and its relationship with the environment are the subject of the artist’s research, who works with images, projections, footprints and casts of body parts in various materials. Since 1978 he deals with the issue of contact between body and matter (Soffi series), presenting, modified, exaggerated or graphically processed, fingerprints or parts of the human body (the series Propagazioni, Terre d’ombra and Anatomie, from the mid-nineties). His work, also accompanied by poetic texts of his own creation, has been shown in numerous international exhibitions. Penone in 2014 was awarded with the Imperial Premium for Japanese Art Society sculpture.

- Exhibitions
  • 2020

    Giuseppe Penone - Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz, Saarbrücken

  • 2019

    Giuseppe Penone. Foglie di bronzo / Leaves of Bronze – Gagosian, San Francisco, CA
    Giuseppe Penone: Incidenze del vuoto – Complesso monumentale di San Francesco, Cuneo
    Giuseppe Penone. Matrice di linfa – Palais d’Iéna, Paris

  • 2018

    A Tree in the Wood - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
    Giuseppe Penone. Selected Works - Gagosian, Geneva

  • 2017

    Idee di Pietra - Gagosian Gallery, Gstaad
    Equivalenze - Gagosian Gallery, Roma
    Giuseppe Penone: Matrice - Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Roma
    Giuseppe Penone. Des corps de pierre - Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
    Giuseppe Penone: A Question of Identity. Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Giuseppe Penone. Anafora - Reggia di Venaria Reale, Venaria Reale, Torino
    Fui, Sarò, Non sono (I was, I will be, I’m not) - Marian Goodman Gallery, London
    Ebbi, Avrò, Non ho (J’eus, J’aurai, J’e n’ai) - Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
    Giuseppe Penone - MART, Rovereto
    Giuseppe Penone. Regards croisés - Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

  • 2015

    Giuseppe Penone: Being the River, Repeating the Forest - Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
    Giuseppe Penone: Spazio di luce - Gagosian Gallery, Roma

  • 2014

    Giuseppe Penone - Musée Grenoble, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone: Ramificazioni del Pensiero | Branches of Thought - Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
    Prospettiva Vegetale - Forte Belvedere & Giardino di Boboli, Firenze
    Breath Is A Sculpture - Beirut Art Center, Beirut
    Giuseppe Penone: Circling - Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London

  • 2013

    Giuseppe Penone: Ideas of Stone - Madison Square Park, New York, NY
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
    Penone Versailles - Chateau de Versailles, Versailles
    Giuseppe Penone: Entre les lignes - Chapelle du Méjan, Arles

  • 2012

    Giuseppe Penone: Intersecting Gaze - Gagosian Gallery, London
    Traversées - La Fabrique du Pont d’Aleyrac, Saint-Pierreville
    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY Giuseppe Penone - Centre d'arts et de nature, Parc du Château, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
    The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone: Spazio di Luce - Whitechapel Gallery, London

  • 2011

    Giuseppe Penone: The Hidden Life Within - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
    Giuseppe Penone - Huanch of Venison, London
    Giuseppe Penone: Neue Arbeiten - Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin

  • 2010

    Giuseppe Penone: Nelle Mani – In the Hands - Fondation De Pont, Tilburg
    Giuseppe Penone: Des veines, au ciel, ouvertes - Musée des Arts Contemporains du Grand-Hornu, Hornu

  • 2009

    Giuseppe Penone - Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
    Giuseppe Penone - Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
    Giuseppe Penone: Matrice de séve - Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone. Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
    Giuseppe Penone: Idee di pietra. Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta
    Giuseppe Penone. Museo de la Ciudad, Quito
    Giuseppe Penone. Nelle mani: opera dal 1968 al 2008 - Galleria Tucci Russo,Torino
    Giuseppe Penone -Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota

  • 2008

    Giuseppe Penone - Villa Medici, Rome
    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Frith Street Gallery, London
    Giuseppe Penone - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna
    Giuseppe Penone - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

  • 2007

    Giardino delle Sculture Fluide, 2003 – 2007 - Reggia di Venaria Reale, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone: Sculture di linfa - Biennale di Venezia, Venezia
    Giuseppe Penone: Neue Arbeiten - Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf

  • 2006

    Sculptures et dessins récents - Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne
    Giuseppe Penone: Sulla punta della matita si specchia la pelle dell’universo - Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea Tucci Russo, Torre Pellice
    Sorgente di cristallo. Fujikawa Gallery, Osaka
    Giuseppe Penone: Élévation - Jardin Public du Parc du Jas de Bouffan, Aix-en-Provence
    Giuseppe Penone - CeSAC Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Il Falatoio
    Giuseppe Penone - Museum Kurhaus, Kleve

  • 2004

    Giuseppe Penone: Retrospective Exhibition 1968–2004 - Centre Pompidou, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone: The Imprint of Drawing - The Drawing Center, New York, NY
    Dévoiler l’invisible - Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris

  • 2003

    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone: Paesaggi del cervello - Chiesa della Maddelena, Pesaro
    Ombra di terra - Galerie Alfonso Artiaco, Napoli

  • 2002

    Giuseppe Penone: Spoglia d’oro su spine d’acacia - Spazio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Roma
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva

  • 2001

    Giuseppe Penone - Fujikawa Gallery/Next, Osaka

  • 2000

    Respirare l'ombra - Synagoge Stommeln, Pulheim-Stommeln
    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
    Giuseppe Penone: Sculptures et dessins récents - Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne
    Giuseppe Penone. Tucci Russo Studio per l'Arte Contemporanea, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone: Dessins et Sculptures 1968-2000 - Rennes Espace, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne

  • 1999

    Guiseppe Penone 1968-1998 - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela
    Giuseppe Penone: To Breathe - The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

  • 1998

    Giuseppe Penone: The Veins of Stone - Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Trento
    Giuseppe Penone 1994-1998 - Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
    Giuseppe Penone - Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldor

  • 1997

    De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Tilburg
    Giuseppe Penone: Die Adern des Steins - Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
    Giuseppe Penone: The Veins of Stone - The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
    Giuseppe Penone - Carré d'Art, Musée d'art Contemporain, Nimes
    Giuseppe Penone. Gallerie Artiscope, Brussels

  • 1996

    Giuseppe Penone - Frith Street Gallery, London
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Pozzuoli

  • 1995

    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1994

    Giuseppe Penone: L'image du toucher - Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Amiens
    Giuseppe Penone - Centro Culturale Teresa Orsola Bussa De Rossi, Fossano

  • 1993

    Giuseppe Penone - Chateau d'Annecy, Annecy
    Images de Pierre - Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva
    Giuseppe Penone. Drawings and Sculpture - Frith Street Gallery, London

  • 1992

    Giuseppe Penone: Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone: I Have Been a Tree in the Hand - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
    Giuseppe Penone: Raccogliere gli sguardi - Galerie Jule Kewenig, Freehen-Bachen, Cologne
    Giussepe Penone Invita Johannes Cladders - Foro per l'Arte Contemporanea Scavi Archeologi, Verona
    Penone: Le acque, I venti, le genti, gli alberi, I serpi sono vene di pietra. Refectoire de l'Abbaye de Tournus, Tournus
    Le acque, I venti, le genti, gli alberi, I serpi sono vene di pietra - Refectoire de l'Abbaye de Tournus, Tournus

  • 1991

    Giuseppe Penone - Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone: L'Espace de la Main - Musee de la Ville de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
    Giuseppe Penone: Foglie e suture - Silo Art Contemporain, Eglise de Courmelois, Val-de-Vesle/Reims
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Christian Stein, Torino

  • 1990

    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
    Giuseppe Penone - Dean Clough Art Foundation, Halifax

  • 1989

    Giuseppe Penone - Fortezza da Basso, Firenze
    Giuseppe Penone: Recent Sculpture - Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
    Giuseppe Penone: Recent Sculpture - Henry Moor Sculpture Trust, Halifax
    Giuseppe Penone: Courbes de niveau - Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Christian Stein, Milano
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Christian Stein, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone: Contour Lines, Six Weeks of Sculpture - Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
    Giuseppe Penone: Occhi avidi di materia, mani svuotate di memoria. Ritrovare nell’acqua le impronte delle mani. Ritrovare nella terra lo sguardo degli occhi - Galleria Christian Stein, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria d’Arte Moderna Villa delle Rose, Bologna
    Giuseppe Penone: Sculpture - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1988

    Giuseppe Penone - Musée Rodin, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Alfonso Artiaco Spazio d’Arte, Pozzuoli

  • 1987

    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
    Giuseppe Penone: Pages de terre - Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone: Eine neue Arbeit - Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Christian Stein, Milano

  • 1986

    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble
    Giuseppe Penone: Neue Arbeiten - Galerie Buchmann, Basel
    Giuseppe Penone - Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes
    Giuseppe Penone : Creuser la Mémoire de la Boue (Exercise de Sculpture) - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi

  • 1985

    Giuseppe Penone - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
    Giuseppe Penone: Pfad – Sentiero - Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf

  • 1984

    Giuseppe Penone. ARC – Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

  • 1983

    Giuseppe Penone: Grande gesto vegetale, alberi verticali e disegni - Galleria Christian Stein, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; traveled to Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

  • 1982

    Giuseppe Penone - Samangallery, Genova
    Giuseppe Penone - Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
    La condanna del vegetale al ricordo dei suoi gesti l’opera vegetale dello scultore: Giuseppe Penone: Disegni e sculture - Galleria Konrad Fischer, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milano

  • 1981

    Giuseppe Penone - Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, NY
    Essere Fiume - Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf

  • 1980

    Giuseppe Penone - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
    Giuseppe Penone - Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
    Giuseppe Penone: Recent werk - Galerie Helen van der Meij, Amsterdam
    Giuseppe Penone: Albero d’acqua e grande zappa - Galleria Christian Stein, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - Ausstellung Studio, Mönchengladbach
    Giuseppe Penone - Lisson Gallery, London
    Giuseppe Penone - Vereniging Aktuele Kunst, Ghent

  • 1979

    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Studio G7, Bologna
    Giuseppe Penone. InK – Halle für Internationale neue Kunst, Zürich

  • 1978

    Giuseppe Penone. Galleria il Tritone, Biella
    Giuseppe Penone: Objecte, Zeichnungen, Projektionen, Fotos - Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden
    Giuseppe Penone: Le sculture divelte in zolle e capovolte conservano le intercapedini di vuoto che le patate reimpiono - Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne
    Giuseppe Penone - Studio Torelli, Ferrara
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Giuliana De Crescenzo, Roma
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Salvatore Ala, Milano

  • 1977

    Giuseppe Penone: Bäume – Augen- Haare – Wände - Tongefäss - Kunstmuseum, Luzern

  • 1976

    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Cavellini – Nuovi Strumenti, Brescia
    Giuseppe Penone - Studio Deambrogi, Milano

  • 1975

    Giuseppe Penone: Una mostra in tre parti / Eine Ausstellung in drei Teilen / An Exhibition in Three Parts - Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne
    Giuseppe Penone: 1216 peli - Galleria Sperone, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone: Sei opera - Galerie Multipli, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - Sperone Gallery, New York, NY

  • 1974

    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Schema, Firenze
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie ‘t Venster, Rotterdam

  • 1973

    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Multipli, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Klau Lupke, Frankfurt
    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Sperone-Fischer, Roma
    Giuseppe Penone - Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne
    Giuseppe Penone: Il pelo, come l’unghia e la pelle, occupa spazio - Galleria Sperone, Torino
    Giuseppe Penone - GalleriaToselli, Milano

  • 1972

    Giuseppe Penone - Paul Maenz Gallery, Cologne

  • 1971

    Giuseppe Penone: Svolgere la propria pelle. Galleria Sprone, Torino

  • 1970

    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Toselli, Milano
    Giuseppe Penone: Aktionsraum 1 - Munich

  • 1969

    Giuseppe Penone - Galleria Sperone, Torino

  • 1968

    Penone: Deposito d’arte presente - Torino

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