Fendi hosts the groundbreaking exhibition ‘Matrice’, featuring the works of celebrated avant-garde artist Giuseppe Penone, within its headquarters in Rome at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana.
From the juxtaposition of the monumental, suspended and geometrically organized spaces of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana and Penone’s installations, conceived as representations of a the fluid vitality of the matter, emerges a dialogue between nature and culture, between biological time and history.
‘Matrice’ displays a selection of fifteen works created over the past five decades of the artist’s illustrious career, many of which are being exhibited for the first time in Italy. The most spectacular installation on display is the one that gives the title to the entire exposition: ‘Matrice’, a sculpture created in 2015, consisting of a thirty meters long fir trunk excavated following a growth ring to bring to the surface the past of the tree. Within it, tucked in the wood there is a bronze form, which seems to capture nature’s vital flow. Other sculptures combine natural elements with carved marble blocks, recalling the ancient ruins of cities reconquered by vegetation. Penone often addresses the theme of the relationship between time and nature and, metaphorically, between nature, humanity and frailty.
The exhibition, which is open every day from 10.00am to 8.00pm with free admission, will remain open until July 16th, 2017 at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana – Quadrato della Concordia, 3 in Rome.
Ilona Catani Scarlett