Giuseppe Penone at Fendi headquarters



Fendi is exhibiting works by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone at its Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana headquarters until July 16, 2017. Entitled Matrice, the exhibition brings together 17 works that explore the relationship between time, nature and humanity.

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana is hosting Matrice, its first contemporary art exhibition, open free to the public. Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone, who is associated with the avant-garde Arte Povera movement and whose work has been shown at MoMA and Versailles, has installed his works both outside the building and on the first floor.

© Giuseppe Penone / Fendi

Matrice comprises 17 installations, some of which have never before been shown in Italy, retracing the artist’s entire career from the 1970s to the present. Conceived in dialogue with the architectural spaces of the Palazzo, his creations in wood, marble and bronze take on a new dimension. “Works change according to the place in which they are set, they dialogue with the space and transform its perception,” says the artist.

© Giuseppe Penone / Fendi

Giuseppe Penone’s work establishes a striking dialogue between time and nature and, metaphorically, between nature, humanity and transience. By using elements of nature as his materials, the sculptor questions the passage of time, revealing a nature that has become increasingly tamed and artificial, expressing his environmental concerns.

With this new exhibition Fendi strengthens the bonds between the Maison and the city of Rome and reaffirms its commitment to culture and the arts.