EVENT – The 2014 – 2015 season at the Museum of Grenoble will feature two major temporary exhibitions. The first one this coming winter will be dedicated to Tourinese sculptor Giuseppe Penone, a major artist from the contemporary scene. Then, in May 2015, the Museum will welcome an exhibit entitled “From Picasso to Warhol”.
The Museum takes the opportunity to review a decade of acquisitions, mostly oriented towards the artistic plethora of modern and contemporary eras. Giuseppe Penone already promises to be the main cultural event of the winter season in Grenoble.
The exhibition will be held from Nov. 22nd 2014 to Feb 22nd 2015. An eclectic sculptor, the artist uses all forms of prime materials : marble, bronze, graphite, as well as organic material such as vegetal species, silk and leather.
Penone suggested to open the exhibition with a piece entitled “Propagazion” (2009). Around the print of his index finger, the piece is a drawing of his skin in concentric circles, also evocating tree rings or the waves floating at the surface of the water. Thus, nature is a part of mankind and mankind can identify with Her.
Penone never ceases to explore this duality in his work. Also a reference to the finger print technique he has used so often.
Touch is a basic for this sensitive explorer. Many of his sculptures arouse the senses and induce strong emotions connected to the skin. The visitor’s eyes are invited to become tactile. His work also appeals to other senses, such as the sense of smell facing a huge wall covered in tea leaves supporting a bronze sculpture, « Respirare l’ombra foglie di tè »(2008).
Where mankind seeks to exploit Nature to his purposes, Giuseppe Penone engages in the opposite direction, drilling the beams to recover the original tree. This was the inspiration behind his works called « Ripetere il Bosco » (1969 – 1997). Nature remains untouched in all things and the exhibition embraces all the artists’ favorite themes.
A dialogue between nature and culture
The 60 pieces of art, whether intimate or monumental, create a dialogue between nature and culture. The walk of art offered in Grenoble will reveal the essence of the artist, the archeology at the heart of vegetal species, the breath, questioning the flow of time and discussing the various natural reigns in which he fluctuates.
Veins are pumping in the marble, trees become bronze and a few branches form a man. Visual power and poetry characterize the art of Giuseppe Penone. Sketches and hand-written notes from the artist will also shine a light on the genesis of his art. This rich and elaborated exhibition is worth discovering this coming winter.
From Picasso to Warhol
Another highlight this season will be an exhibition entitled “From Picasso to Warhol”, from May 7th to August 31st 2015. Those great names personify modernity but fail to reflect the time range covered by a decade of acquisitions for the Museum’s collection.
The purpose of the exhibition, “to review a decade of activity and present the residents of Grenoble with an overview of what was achieved with their money” explains Guy Tosatto, Director of the Museum of Grenoble. The larger part of the acquisitions was indeed financed by public funds.
Always thoughtfully negotiated and whenever possible, directly with the artists for amounts up to 50% cheaper than the market price, according to the Director. The Museum also relies on private donations and since 2010, benefits from business sponsorships.
“The exhibition is designed to be broad” adds Guy Tosatto, in order to reveal the wealth and diversity of this recent collection. The pieces fill historical gaps, testify to an era and lay out the recent history of painting.
Staying ahead of the game
A few older pieces were naturally acquired these past years and audiences will be able to enjoy them as well during the exhibition, but mainly modern and contemporary art. “The Museum of Grenoble wishes to remain ahead of the game and follow the foot steps of Andry – Farcy from 1920, recalls Guy Tosatto.
Great names of the 20th century and new pieces were recently added to the Museum’s collection : Van Dongen, Gaston Chaissac, Arman, Jacques Villege, Jeff Wall, Giuseppe Penone, Sigmar Polke or Philippe Cognée. The undeniable two focal points of the exhibition will be Verre (1914) by Picasso, a rare cubist collage acquired thanks to business sponsorship in 2013 and worth 750 000 euros.
Also featured, Jackie by Warhol and her ineffable smile, a painting acquired in 2004. One could also mention the impressive sculpture by Arman, Allegro con Brio (1977) the 6 feet 5 masterpiece purchased by the Museum in 2009. And so much more…
By Veronique Magnin
Translation by Cecile Boussier
For the past 10 years, the Museum of Grenoble has been organizing outside exhibitions, held in chosen neighborhoods to meet a less informed public. In 2015, it will be back in Villeneuve and hosted in a space dedicated to children of the Arlequin library. The selected works of art will naturally deal around the theme of wonderland. To discover the rich programming of Museum’s activities throughout the season, all audiences included (children, adults, students, people with hearing and visual disabilities), please check the Museum’s webpage.
A hip institution, the Museum also tweets and is creative on Facebook. Check out their new page called “Students, dare to experience the Museum of Grenoble”. One of the latest newsfeed announces the opening of the student’s season and an inaugural party, to be held on October 15th.