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"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Garessio (Italy) in 1947, he lives and works in Turin and Paris.

Giuseppe Penone is the youngest member of the revolutionary arte povera, a group of artists who made art without the restraints of traditional practices and materials. Ever since 1967, the process of implementation has been an integral part of Penone’s sculptures and installations. His work shows a profound relationship between man and his environment. Inspired by the nature, caverns and streams from his hometown, Penone uses nontraditional elements as diverse as wood, marble, bronze, silk, leather, graphite, soil, minerals, plants and plant elements. As a result, nature itself seems to give form to his work, each piece unique and fantastical in outcome. Since the early 70’s Penone’s work has achieved important recognition which rapidly spread beyond Italy to the rest of Europe, the United States and Japan. He had solo exhibitions in several museums, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.