• SEP 04 to AUG 11
    Solo Exhibition
    The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone: Spazio di Luce


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    SEP 04, 2012 to AUG 11, 2013

    Event Location

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77-82 Whitechapel High Street
    United Kingdom

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    • Giuseppe Penone


    Over the past 45 years, Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has examined our relationship to nature. For the latest Bloomberg Commission, he has created a twelve metre bronze cast of a tree, with a radiant gold-leaf interior, which spreads across the columned gallery.

    In 1969 Giuseppe Penone(b. 1947) covered a tree in a thin layer of wax calling this seemingly simple, yet complex reflection on the passing of time All the Years of the tree plus one. He now recalls this poetic action by casting a layer of wax in bronze to spectacular result.

    At first sight Spazio di Luce (Space of Light), could easily be mistaken for thestraightforward life-size cast of a largelarch tree. However, where once there wasa tree now there is a void. The inside of thecast replicates in minute detail the tree’sbark while the finger prints on the outsidesafeguard the memory of the many handsinvolved in the sculpture’s making.The gleaming gold inside the tree paystribute to the life-giving forces of light.

    At the same time, the fusion of bark and hand prints alludes to the inseparable bond between humankind and nature. Penone was part of the legendary group of Arte Povera, which called for a radical rethink of society through making works directly appealing to the senses and challenging common conventions of artmaking.

    The installation is accompanied by a yearlong programme of talks and events exploring the rich relationship between nature and the city.

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