Giuseppe Penone - Sons de Mélèze

Giuseppe Penone - Sons de Mélèze

Since 1968, Giuseppe Penone has been considered one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement and since that time, has developed an artistic practice where artifice and nature are closely connected.

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Even though he is a historic member of Arte Povera, Giuseppe Penone has always had a singular practice which continuously questions the process of creation and the relationship to the body and the work of art. Originally from Liguria, he spent 50 years endlessly creating invisible links between men and nature, thoughts and natural elements. Sons de Mélèze is an exceptional work of art in many ways. Following his performance Transcription musicale de la structure des arbres, which was shown in Ardèche (France) in 2011 and for which Penone had recorded the musical structure of different trees’ essences, he decided to give it a physical incarnation. He took a 5 meter long beam of Mélèze (larch) wood and engraved it with the tree’s partition. From this matrix, he then created an etching-print, or xylography, of an unprecedented magnitude.

Printed in 20 copies, Sons de Mélèze undoubtedly constitutes one of the historic artist’s most exceptional limited editions. This piece of art is presented in a box covered in linen, which can be presented on the wall or lay flat with the possibility to unroll the print on one side.

Sons de Mélèze

Data sheet

20 copies
signed and numbered
Xylography on 300 g watercolor paper
File format
525 x 35 cm

Penone (Giuseppe)

A member of Arte Povera, Giuseppe Penone has been creating very special artworks since the late sixties, showing man in interaction with nature, involving vegetation,modifying its growth, carving out tree trunks to reveal their inner structure, growth curves and plastic richness.More recently, he has deliberately directed his work toward the question of man's position regarding classical history, or his place in an increasingly artificial environment.

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