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Tree of Water + Lips
1982 - plaster, terracotta, charcoal

A room on the villa's top floor is lit by natural sunlight that filters through the branches of a large plane tree just outside the window. The artist juxtaposes the natural tree to the "Tree of Water," placed near the window. This "tree" consists of a column made of plaster and gripped by the artist's hands, which have left visible imprints on the material. The column rests on a fragment of a terracotta vase and another clay piece marks the upper rim of the "tree."
On the wall in front of the column, Penone used charcoal to trace the enormous imprint of the inside of a human lip, with smeared marks, simulating a pool of water. From this drawing emerges a small plaster cast that shows the impression left by hands and lips when cupping water to drink.

Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone was born in Garessio (Cuneo) in 1947. He lives and works in Turin.
Among his recent one-man shows we recall here: Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1991); Fonds Régionals d'Art Contemporain, Picardie (1994), Kunstmuseum, Bonn (1997); Musée d'art contemporain, Nimes (1997); Centro Galero de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela (1999); Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2000, 2003); Galleria Tucci Russo, Torre Pellice, Turin (2000, 2002, 2006), Chiesa della Maddalena, Pesaro (2003); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004); Caixa Foirum Barcelona, Barcelona (2004); The Drawing Center, New York (2004); Museum De Pont, Tilburg (2000, 2006); Centro sperimentale per le arti, Caraglio (2006); Cairn Centre d'Art, Digne-les-Bains (2006); Kurhaus Museum, Kleve (2006); represented Italy at the Tese delle Vergini space, Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice (2007); Venaria Reale Gardens, Turin (2007); Accademia di Francia- Villa Medici, Rome (2008); MAMBo, Bologna (2008); Frith Street Gallery, London (2008); Toyota Municipal Museum, Toyota, Japan (2009);Madison Square Park, New York (2013-2014); Forte Belvedere e Giardino di Boboli, Florence (2014).

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