Giuseppe Penone, "Matrice di Linfa" at Palais d'Iéna - CESE, Paris

Published by: L'art en plus | 1-Oct-2019
For his first exhibition in Paris since 2013, organised in collaboration with Marian Goodman Gallery, Giuseppe Penone is presenting his monumental work "Matrice di Linfa" accompanied by two new sculptures created especially for the exhibition.
During FIAC this year, the Palais d'Iéna - the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE in French) has invited

Giuseppe Penone to exhibit his work in its great hypostyle hall.

In the making of "Matrice di Linfa" Penone intervened in the natural development of a fir tree by removing eighty rings of its growth. This work is emblematic of the CESE's commitment to the environment and celebrates the 80th anniversary of Auguste Perret's architectural masterpiece.

For the artist, "Matrice di Linfa" is a shape with an animal force, it also evokes an open book, a "long sacrificial altar" or "a long and thin boat sailing back and forth in the space, pushed by the strength of its branches." This outstanding sculpture, made from a fir tree found in the Vallée des Merveilles in the French Alps, results from a multiplicity of gestures, typical of Penone's practice. It was first exhibited 10 years ago at the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-Arts in Paris. Penone's work is part of a process that is closely linked to nature, since the late seventies and in his early works he has drawn much inspiration from it. His simple gestures, interventions or formal explorations on natural materials such a wood, bronze, marble, stone, acacia thorns are often associated with body fragments or imprints, which connect man to nature. "What interests me, says the artist, it is when humans' work starts to become nature."

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