Giuseppe Penone was born in Garessio (Italy) in 1947. Related to developments in sculpture in the 60s and 70s, and to Arte Povera, Penone’s work retains its own distinctive character incorporating binary meanings related to the natural world and the notion of living sculpture. Penone’s interest in the space between the hand and the touched surface that becomes sculpture and drawing, between imprint and sight, gesture, and action, has been sustained throughout his body of work.
Giuseppe Penone’s works are part of prominent Museum collections around the world including among others, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi; Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Britain, London; MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien; MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome; MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna; Castello di Rivoli-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli (Turin); GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; Fondazione Prada, Milan; François Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice and Paris.
Penone received the McKim Medal by the American Academy in Rome in 2017 and the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Sculpture in 2014. He is now also foreign associate member at Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France, Paris. Since the late 1960s, Giuseppe Penone has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and in prestigious locations. Recent exhibits include the 17th Venice Biennale, the Uffizi in Florence and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.