Giuseppe Penone (Italian, b.1947) is an Italian sculptor, Conceptual artist, and member of the Arte Povera movement. Born in Garession, Italy, Penone studied at the Accademia di Belle Arte in Turin, and created his earliest works in a forest outside his hometown. Known for his exploration of the connection between natural and man-made forms, these works consisted of hand prints made with nails, and pieces of lead attached to tree trunks, which were joined together with zinc and copper wires.

Beginning in the early 1970s, Penone began using his own body as a subject in his works, projecting images drawn from the surface of his skin on to plaster casts of his face or on to wall surfaces. Vessels, fingerprints, and body images reoccurred in a number of forms in his other works throughout the decade, along with vegetables in the shape of the artist’s face and cast into bronze. In the 1980s, he began incorporating large agricultural tools made of metal, terracotta, and wood into his images.

In 2001, he received the Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts, and, in 2007, participated in the Venice Bienniale. His work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MAXXI in Rome, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

He lives and works in Turin and Paris.

Timeline

1947
Born in Garessio, Italy
Lives and works in Turin.

Exhibitions

2010–2011
Spazio, MAXXI Rom, Italy
2010–2011
Giuseppe Penone, MAC’s Grand Hornu - Musée des Arts Contemporains, Belgium
2010–2011
Die Natur der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
2010–2011
Exhibition, Exhibition, Castello die Rivoli, Turin
2009–2010
Die Kunst ist super!, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
2009
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (solo)
2009
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
2009
1968. Die große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
2009
Mamco Genf
2009
Palazzo Manganelli, Catania
2009
The russian Linesman (curated by Mark Wallinger) , Hayward Gallery, London
2009
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin (solo)
2009
Glasstress, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy
2008–2009
Made in Munich, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2008
MAMbo, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (solo)
2008
Frith Street Gallery, London (solo)
2008
Marion Goodman Gallery, Paris and New York (solo)
2008
Giardino delle Sculture Fluide, Le Veneria Reale, Torino (solo)
2008
Académie de France à Rome-Villa Medici, Rome (solo)
2008
Haus der Kunst, Munich
2008
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2008
HVCCA - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill (NY)
2008
16th. Biennale Sydney, Sydney
2008
MEDIATIONS BIENNALE Poznan/ Posen (PL)
2008
Neue Galerie, Graz
2008
ARTS, Bureau des médiateurs, Le Havre
2008
Moderna Museet Stockholm
2008
Castello di Rivoli, Turin
2008
The Florence & Daniel Guerlain Collection Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York
2007
The Morgan Libraty & Museum, New York
2007
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
2007
FRAC Pays de Loire, Nantes
2007
MAMbo Museo d’arte moderna, Bologna
2007
Kunstmuseum, Liechtenstein
2007
Musée Louvre, Paris
2007
Musée de Grenoble
2007
Fundaciàn La Caixa, Caixaforum, Fundaciò La Caixa, Barcelona
2007
Musée national d’Art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2007
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2007
Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Genf
2007
Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne
2007
Sculture di linfa, 52. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, La Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavillion, Venice
2006
Museum Kurhaus Kleve
2006
CeSAC Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Il Filatoio, Caraglio, Cuneo, Italy
2006
Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne
2006
Monuments with a Horizon Line, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2006
Frith Street Gallery, London
2006
Grand Palais, Paris
2006
François Pinault collection, Pallazo Grassi, Venice
2004
MNAM, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
The Drawing Center, New-York
Fundació « La Caixa », Barcelone
2003
Chiesa della Maddalena, Pesaro
2002
Spazio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Tor Bella Monaca, Rome
Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
2001
Fujikawa Gallery/Next, Osaka
2000
Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne
Marian Goodman Gallery, New-York
1999
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Saint Jacques de Compostelle
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
1997
Kunstmuseum, Bonn
Carré d’Art- Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nimes
Galleria Civica d’Arte Contetmporanea, Trente
De Pont Foundation for Arts, Tilburg
1994
Centro Culturale Teresa Orsola Bussa de Rossi, Fossano
1993
Musée Château d’Annecy, Annecy
1991
Musée d’Art Moderne, Strasbourg
Castello di Rivoli- Museo d’Arte Contemporaneo, Rivoli
1989
Dean Clough Art Foundation, Halifax (G.B.)
1988
Musée Rodin, Paris
1986
Musée des Beaux Arts , Nantes
Musée de peinture et sculpture, Grenoble
1984
ARC- Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1983
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1982
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
1980
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Halle für International Neue Kunst, Zurich
1978
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden
1977
Kunstmuseum, Lucerne
1973
Galerie Sperone-Fischer, Rome
Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne
1972
Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne
1970
Galerie Toselli, Milan
1969
Galerie Sperone, Turin