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Ideas of Stone

by Giuseppe Penone
documenta 13, 2012

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Ideas of Stone

Description

What looks like a tree at first glance is revealed upon closer examination as the bronze cast of a hazelnut tree. The first exhibition object was installed on the occasion of the summer solstice on 21 June 2010, the longest day of the year, two years before the opening of dOCUMENTA 13. The Arte Povera artist Giuseppe Penone, for whom the tree is the dominant motif, associates the combination of bronze and stone with a complex theory of the relationship between painting and sculpture and its dependence upon surrounding natural forces. Painting, says Penone, is a process of covering, whereas sculpture is devoted to bringing things to light. Flowing paint, like liquid bronze, is subject to gravity, while sculpture expresses an opposing force. And the plant world, as represented by the growing tree, escapes the pull of the Earth with the aid of light, defying the weight of the bronze. Cast in bronze, a moment in the history of nature is permanently captured here.

Property of: Stadt Kassel

Artist

Giuseppe Penone (* 1947 in Garessio, Italy) is one of the leading exponents of Arte Povera. He lives in Turin and Paris and took part in documenta 5, 7, 8 and 13.