Elevazione, de Giuseppe Penone
from 16 may to 23 october 2006
Plastic art, architecture, installation
The Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, born in 1947, is interested in the relationship between man and nature, and the place of nature in art. In the grounds, at the heart of the Cézanne family property, Penone has installed a monumental work. A tree among the trees that Cézanne painted. A tree in bronze, immense, with light, aerial roots. Giuseppe Penone’s approach is an extension of that of Paul Cézanne, who wrote: «Everything comes down to this: having feelings and reading nature». A farmer’s son, he grew up in the Ligurian countryside. His work as a sculptor is focused around the dialogue between human nature and the plant kingdom. Penone was the last to join the Arte povera movement, which was born as part of the anti-establishment movement of 1968 and thus named in opposition to the ‘rich’ art of the consumer society. The Italian still works as close as possible to the materials and to nature. Wonder is one of the poetic drives behind his work. Let us hear what he says about Elevazione: «It is the idea of using the power that attracts the tree towards the light. The work is an attempt to use this extraordinary power that allows the tree to escape gravity.»
Organised by the asociation 200 RD 10, in partnership with Terre ative.