Breath is a Sculpture

16 Sep 2014 – 29 Nov 2014

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Beirut Art Centre

Beirut, Lebanon


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Beirut Art Center is presenting a solo exhibition by the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The title of the show, Breath Is a Sculpture, emphasizes breath as the matrix for a visual practice, as well as an articulation between body, space, and form.


Breath, an index of the body, is measured, depicted, and embodied, in Penone’s work in sculpture, sound, and representation. Most of the pieces exhibited make the artist’s body, and by extension, the spectator’s body, the theme as well as the subject of the work and simultaneously a tool for measuring and investigating the world. The works on display acknowledge the body as a means and as a measuring instrument. Exploring breath, in Italian soffio, that constitutes the most elemental proof to life’s continuity, has occupied the artist since the seventies.

The exhibition at Beirut Art Center makes his artistic process visible. Performances, installations, as well as their documentation inform the production of newer versions of emblematic works realized in different contexts.

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Giuseppe Penone


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