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© Giuseppe Penone/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
Country:Italy (1303)
On View:Stockholm
Giuseppe Penone
Born 1947
Italy Albero di 12 metri (12 Meters Tree), 1970
12 meter träd
1213 x 25 cm
Purchase 1970
NMSK 2066 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
In the early 1970s, a 12-metre long work of art was forwarded to Moderna Museet in a special truck. The background to this acquisition is that Pontus Hultén, then director of Moderna Museet, was in Munich, where he met a young Italian who was engaging with great patience in restoring an industrially-hewn plank to its origins as a tree. Carving away one year ring at a time, he uncovered the knags and the rounded tree shape, ending the process at a specific moment in the tree’s history. Giuseppe Penone had been exploring the relationship between man and nature for a few years, inspired by the forest surrounding his home in the Italian Alps. He used a method that involved fusing the creative processes of nature and art. In this work, he allowed the passing of time to be revealed through the tree’s phases of growth. Penone shared the approach of using simple materials and conceptually-based methods with the Italian avant-garde movement of arte povera – “poor art” – headed by the curator and art historian Germano Celant. In arte povera artists used “low” materials such as rocks, cardboard and wood, rebelling against marble and other exclusive materials used for Italian “high art”.
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