The first great, complete monograph exhibition on the work of Giuseppe Penone, one of the founders of arte povera. Breathing, eyes, skin, the heart, blood, memory and the word.
“Breathing is sculpture just as a digital fingerprint is a form of painting” Giuseppe Penone.
The book fills an important gap in the bibliography of a contemporary artist who now enjoys international fame. In 2012 Penone is exhibiting his work in New York at the gallery of Marian Goodman, one of the world’s most influential gallery-owners, and at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. In 2013, he will be invited to Versailles, where he was preceded by artists like Murakami and Jeff Koons. The book, in which the artist was personally involved, focuses on the seven key themes of his work: breathing, eyes, skin, the heart, blood, memory and the word. It covers all his most significant works, including sculpture, installations, drawings, photographs, and also writings. Its prestigious authors include Laurent Busine, director of the Grand-Hornu Gallery of Contemporary Art in Belgium, Didier Semin, professor of Contemporary Art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Benjamin Buchloh, professor of Modern Art at the University of Harvard. The contributions from the book’s prestigious authors are accompanied by splendid photographs which encapsulate the essence of the artist’s work.