Giuseppe Penone – In The Hidden Life Within

Art & Design

Giuseppe Penone started working professionally in 1968 in the Garessio forest, near where he was born. Penone’s work is concerned with establishing a contact between man and nature. He is still very active and produces lots of original works every year.

In his recent show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, In The Hidden Life Within, Penone carves out a young tree with an older tree to reveal its past, showing us what once grew inside so that it may now “live in the present.” Inspired by the quiet slowness of growth in the natural world, the artist asks us to take a moment to stop and think about the concept of time and how there’s a common vital force in all living things.



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  1. Laminate flooring

    Jun 14, 2012 at 6:09 am

    What a unique building!

  2. Hennen

    Jun 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    What building is that in?

  3. Steve Barley

    Jun 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    That tree is huge! I wonder if this wasn’t used for carving, would it still be alive and grow even bigger? His art is very unique though.

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Jun 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Good question! I admit I don’t know the answer. Perhaps on the artist’s website?

  4. nisiepie

    Jun 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    it is actually a permanent series and that hall is part of the royal ontario museum in toronto.

    it’s the only part of the museum that i like.

  5. Pauline

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Its at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

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