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‘Giuseppe Penone: Ecological Thinking’ online webinar in Chicago
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‘Giuseppe Penone: Ecological Thinking’ online webinar in Chicago

Categories: Culture and creativity -Archaeology and Heritage -Visual Arts
Exploring the combination of arte povera and ecology.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago presents an online webinar on 21 April entitled ‘Giuseppe Penone: Ecological Thinking’

The event, hosted by Giovanni Aloi, is part of the series ‘Voci della Natura: Ecologies and Nature in Italian Arts’, the theme selected by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago for 2022. The programme explores the role of Italian art and science in redefining our perception of nature and ecology through innovative and original perspectives.

One of the more innovative artists of the Arte Povera movement, Giuseppe Penone studies the complex relation between the natural world and the body.  Nearly half a century before climate change became our concern, he sought to renegotiate our state of human alienation from the natural world. This presentation explores Penone‘s focus on vulnerability and the biographical symbols of his personal myths.

Giovanni Aloi is an author, educator and curator specialising in the representation of nature in art.  He has published for Columbia University Press, Phaidon, MIT, Laurence King and Prestel.  He has contributed various radio programs on the BBC and has worked for Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Tate Galleries in London. He is a correspondent for Esse Magazine and regularly gives lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago. Aloi has curated exhibitions in the USA and in Europe.  Today he teaches modern and contemporary art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and London.

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