The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, September 23, 2019

Giuseppe Penone's 'Spazio di luce' on view in the oval room of Gagosian Gallery in Rome
Giuseppe Penone, Spazio di luce (detail), 2008, bronze and gold, 98 7/16 × 787 3/8 × 97 7/16 inches (250 × 2000 × 245 cm), ed. of 3 © Archivio Penone.

ROME.- …There is a place on the border between France and Italy, the Valley of Miracles (Valle delle Meraviglie), where there are circa 30,000 rock carvings around Mount Bego, a sacred mountain.

The miracle is not the carvings, but the beauty of the site with its valleys, its mountains, its larches, and the presence of the sea evoked by the smell of the grass.

It is a beauty that suggests a sense of sacredness.

It is a protected area, a natural park in which the vegetation and the territory are periodically maintained. I know woodsmen who work in the park under the supervision of forest rangers, and I go to them when I need larches. The altitude tapers the form of these larches. Large at the base, their trunk narrows rapidly, accentuating its conical shape. I used one of these trees for Space of light. I coated the trunk and the branches with a layer of wax, as if it were a year’s growth in the tree’s life cycle. When it came into contact with the trunk, the wax was imprinted with the pattern of the bark and the signs of the hands that applied it.

I cast it in bronze in eight sections of circa 170 centimeters, obtaining a covering with handprints on the external surface and the negative trace of the tree bark on the inside.

The surface on the inside was covered in gold. The eight sections of the sculpture are lined up horizontally one after another at a distance of about 50 centimeters.

Looking at the interior, one’s gaze follows the absent core of the tree and the light reflected off the gold emphasizes the space, a space of light that testifies to the absence of the tree, a being whose form and existence are defined by the search and the exposure to the light.

Space of light extends for twenty meters towards the line of the horizon, imprisons the light and the gaze in its interior, directing them towards the central focal point of the vista.

The gaze is closed into the interior of the bronze, a year of bronze…

—Giuseppe Penone, 22 Opere a Versailles, Château de Versailles, 2013

Spazio di luce / Space of light was created in 2008 and exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2012–13, the Château de Versailles in 2013, and Forte di Belvedere, Florence in 2014. The sculpture is now being presented in the oval room of Gagosian Gallery in Rome.

Giuseppe Penone was born in 1947 in Garessio, Italy. He lives and works in Paris and Turin. Public collections include Tate Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MAXXI, Rome; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004); Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2009); Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu, Belgium (2011); Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); “The Bloomberg Commission: Giuseppe Penone,” Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012); “Penone Versailles,” Château de Versailles, France (2013); “Giuseppe Penone,” Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2013); “Ideas of Stone,” Madison Square Park, New York (2013–14); “Prospettiva Vegetale,” Forte di Belvedere—Boboli Gardens, Florence (2014); “Breath is a Sculpture,” Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2014); and “Giuseppe Penone,” Musée Grenoble, France (2014). Penone co-represented Italy in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale by the Japan Art Association in 2014.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas will present a major solo exhibition of Penone’s work from September 19, 2015 to February 10, 2016.

Today's News

May 14, 2015

Frieze New York brings together over 190 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries

A 25.59 carat Burmese ruby sells for record $30 million at Sotheby's Geneva auction

Art Gallery of Hamilton announces sale of painting to government of Hungary for US$5.7 million

Mark Rothko painting sells for $46.5 million at Sotheby's auction in New York

Paris probes French art dealer for theft of painting from Pablo Picasso's step-daughter

1941 Superman #12 original cover art, never offered before, paces powerhouse comics auction

Greece will not seek Parthenon sculptures in court: Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis

Inaugural Art Miami New York Fair launches at Pier 94 with 100 leading international galleries

Celebrating NASA's 'most successful failure': Apollo 13 artifacts lead Space auction, 45 years after mission

NADA New York announces 2015 exhibitors for the 4th edition of the fair being held at Pier 36

Giuseppe Penone's 'Spazio di luce' on view in the oval room of Gagosian Gallery in Rome

Dragons, horses and tigers: An impressive arsenal ready for the Spink China sale

Singapore Art Museum presents its latest permanent collection exhibition 'After Utopia'

Exhibition of new photographs by Harry Cory Wright opens at Eleven

SELECT Art Fair NYC announces highlights

Over 12 countries represented at the inaugural FLUX Art Fair in Harlem

Hermès maintains its place at the top in $3.7+ million Luxury Accessories auction in New York

Zhu Tian announced as winner of the 2015 Catlin Art Prize

Europe's leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its New York debut

Japan city defends UNESCO listing plan for kamikaze letters

Prices soar for Chinese and Japanese works of art at Sotheby's in London

Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies announces addition of Brett Weston portfolio

Melodie Provenzano's first solo exhibition with Nancy Margolis Gallery opens in New York

Jon Buck's exuberant polychromatic bronzes on view at Pangolin London

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful