Giuseppe Penone, Idee di pietra - Olmo, 2008. Artwork © Giuseppe Penone. Private Collection, courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo: Jonty Wilde

Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom.

On view May 26, 2018 through April 28, 2019.

The tree is a spectacular creation because each part of the tree is necessary to it's life. It is the perfect sculpture.
—Giuseppe Penone

One of the most eminent artists working today, Giuseppe Penone presents his extensive new exhibition in YSP’s light-filled Underground Gallery and across the historic landscape.

Works drawn from the past five decades of Penone’s career, including many never shown in the UK, trace his evolving and thoughtful consideration of humanity’s intimate relationship with the natural world. His poetic practice addresses themes around the body, nature, time, touch and memory, played out across different materials from stone, acacia thorns and graphite, to thousands of laurel leaves.

Reflecting the importance of trees as a recurring motif throughout Penone’s work, the remarkable Matrice stands at the heart of the expansive gallery and at 30 metres long, spans almost its entire length. The bisected trunk of a fir tree, it has been placed horizontally and meticulously carved to follow one of its growth rings. In another space, Propagazione is a delicate drawing made directly onto three walls, emanating from the artist’s fingerprint.

In the open air, nine bronze sculptures stand in dialogue with the landscape, the tallest of which, L’ombra del bronzo is an imposing 16 metres high. Overlooking the gardens, Albero folgorato, a beautiful bronze cast of a lightning- struck tree, has its exposed interior lined with gold leaf that catches the sunlight.


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