Giuseppe Penone (b – 1947)

Penone is an Italian artist that started his career as part of the Arte Povera Movement.

This movement was active in Italy between 1960-70 and was born as an outlet to rebel against the economic and political chaos the country was going through.

In his work Penone uses wood, bronze, marble and stone. His installations leave a lasting impression and explore rebirth, time passing and the connection between man and nature.

I saw his works in two different locations in the Versailles Gardens and at Tate Modern.

At Versailles the sculptures looked immersed in the natural environment, but at Tate they looked slightly out of place as the connection with nature was lost making room for an invitation to meditate on the effects of human action on the natural world.