YSP presents the most extensive UK exhibition to date by world-renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone whose poetic practice embodies a lifelong exploration of the complex and fundamental relationships between body, nature, memory, time and art.
YSP is perfectly placed to draw out the nuances of Penone’s work, being dedicated to the meaningful interplay of art with the natural environment and its transformative potential for diverse audiences. Years in the making, this significant exhibition takes place across the historic landscape and within light-filled spaces of the Underground Gallery.
Works drawn from almost five decades of the artist’s career, from the late 1960s to present day, including many which have never before been shown in the UK, trace Penone’s continually evolving and deeply thoughtful investigation of humanity’s intimate connections to the organic world. This universal theme plays out across many different materials, scales and forms, from experimental photographs to acacia thorn canvases, and monumental open-air bronze trees.
Reflecting its importance as a recurring motif throughout Penone’s practice, a tree runs through the heart of the indoor exhibition. At over 30 metres long, Matrice (2015) spans almost the entire length of the expansive gallery, passing through specially formed apertures in the walls. This remarkable sculpture is the trunk of a fir tree, bisected vertically, placed horizontally end to end, and hollowed out, carefully carved to follow one of its growth rings. A new work Luce e ombra (2017) is sited deep within the Park overlooking the historic lake. Reflecting the changing seasons in the surrounding landscape, the work offers a space for quiet reflection.