Giuseppe Penone’s River of Forms at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Known foremost as a sculptor whose large-scale works explore the relationship between human experience and the natural world, drawing is also integral to the practise of Italian artist Giuseppe Penone.

Giuseppe Penone, Between Bark and Bark, 2003, bronze, tree, 950 x 430 x 280 cm, Chateau de Versailles, 2013. Photograph: Archivio Penone.

A collection of nearly 200 of these drawings is the basis of the exhibition River of Forms, curated by Carlos Basualdo and opening Saturday, September 24 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Read Border Crossings’ full 2013 interview with Penone, “The Perfection of the Tree and Other Material Concerns,” here.

Versailles, 2013, India ink, watercolour, acrylic paint and pencil on paper, 25.5 x 36 cm. Photograph: Archivio Penone.

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