In light of the solo exhibition Matrice of Giuseppe Penone, one of the greatest contemporary sculptors since Arte Povera, the Italian avant-garde movement of the 1960s, FENDI renews and reinforces its deep bond with the city, with an art installation right at the doorstep of Palazzo FENDI in Largo Goldoni in Rome.
One of the most complex artworks of Penone, Foglie di pietra (Leaves of Stone, 2016) takes shape as two bronze trees – 18 metres and 9 metres tall, respectively – with intertwined branches that hold up a sculpted marble block weighing 11 tonnes, lifting it up at 5 metres from the ground. The virtuous use of precious materials such as bronze and marble recalls the illusionism and marvel of Baroque Rome, whereas the fragments of ruins in the branches are reminiscent of the Classic and Medieval eras.
Foglie di pietra represents the permanent bond between nature and culture, celebrating the deep synthesis between natural and human time, in which the sense of longing and romantic nostalgia for civilisations of the past are resurfaced. Intimately linked to the rich history of Rome, the art installation is deeply ingrained in the present and future of the city, with a series of interpretations and associations between the various moments of the history of the capital city.
After the majestic restoration of the Trevi Fountain and of other five fountains, and following the opening to the public of the first floor of its headquarters at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, FENDI reaffirms once again its full commitment to the promotion of culture.
Following the installation of several sculptures in the public spaces of different cities, among which include Frankfurt, Kassel, New York and Paris, Foglie di pietra intervenes the landscape and history of Rome, being the first contemporary art to be permanently installed in the public spaces of Rome, as a symbol of the identity of a constantly changing city that still never loses the bond with its historical roots.