The exhibition is shared between the Monumental Complex of San Francesco in Cuneo and the garden of Castello di Rivoli, featuring the heart of Giuseppe Penone’s (Garessio, 1947) research. One of the most important sculptors in the world, Penone emerges at the end of the Sixties within the movement of Arte Povera.
Penone's art explores the foundations of sculpture as a way of knowing and understanding the world empirically. His art is based on the principle of embodying a physical, tactile-visual awareness of all the organisms and their transformations. Penone perceives the world and life in a sculptural way, touching and caressing its constituent parts. Even the act of breathing is a form of automatic sculpture, produced without realizing it. The sculpture concerns the carving, the excavation and the production of voids or, on the contrary, it concerns the fusion, the duplication and the multiplication, through a series of passages, from the positive to the negative, of the form object of duplication or copy. Both addition and subtraction occur through gestures of encounter and, therefore, through relationships of intention between the human and the matter, between the human and the non-human.