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Giuseppe Penone, Soffio di folgie (Breath of Leaves), 1979, box-tree leaves, dimensions variable.

Birmingham

Giuseppe Penone

Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace
June 3 - July 19

Curated by Jonathan Watkins

Natural processes have always provided Arte Povera pioneer Giuseppe Penone with an analogue for his own labor as a sculptor. Environmental forces, for example, are subtly contrasted with human touch in his “Essere fi ume” (To Be a River), 1981–95: In this series Penone paired two hefty stones, one shaped by a river’s water over millennia, the other an identical copy recently carved by hand. The Italian artist’s first major UK retrospective will trace such poetic correspondence between man and nature through a substantial selection of the drawings, photographs, and sculptures Penone has made since 1968, including his career-long engagement with the growth and decay of trees. The accompanying catalogue (coproduced with Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna) contains new translations of the artist’s writings and essays by Watkins and MAMBO director Gianfranco Maraniello.