Giuseppe Penone was born in Garessio in 1947. His first solo exhibition took place in 1968 at the Deposito d’Arte Presente in Turin. From his beginnings, Penone’s art has been based on the man-nature relationship. On the invitation of Germano Celant, he contributed to the Arte Povera volume in 1969, publishing Alpi Marittime, a collection of photographs chronicling his work in a forest, where he aimed to interact with the process of tree growth. Penone’s work in the Arte Povera group was characterised by his interest in the dialogue between the forms of the human body and plants. Unlike the American Land Art artists with their gigantic installations, Penone does not consider nature as a force to be dominated, but as an aggregation of minimal and elementary human-scale phenomena. Penone has taken part in countless solo and group exhibitions, among them dOCUMENTA, Kassel (1972, 1987); the Venice Biennale (1978, 2007); the MoMA, New York (1981); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1984); Castello di Rivoli (1992); Centre Pompidou (2004); Palace of Versailles (2013); MART in Trento and Rovereto (2016). A number of his Alberi have been exhibited in the rooms of the most famous international museums. He lives and works in Turin and Paris, where he teaches at the École des Beaux Arts.
Source: Magonza Editore