The artist Giuseppe Penone at Royal Djurgården

The Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation celebrates its five-year anniversary and will unveil the fifth permanent artwork in the
sculpture park on Royal Djurgården in the summer of 2024. Giuseppe Penone, one of the most important artists of our time,
has been selected to create a monumental, site-specific sculpture for the park.

The sculpture will be inaugurated on 30 May 2024 and become part of a permanent collection that includes works by Alice Aycock, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yinka Shonibare CBE, and Charlotte Gyllenhammar.

Giuseppe Penone was born in 1947 in Garessio in northern Italy. He received his artistic breakthrough in the late 1960s as a key figure of the Arte Povera movement and has since had an influential career internationally. Already in 1970, Pontus Hultén, then director of Moderna Museet, acquired Penone’s tree sculpture Albero di 12 metri for the museum’s collection. This iconic
work has since been included in several exhibitions at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö.
Through his sculptures, as well as works in other media, Penone has explored concepts such as time, humanity and nature, and his works highlight the interconnectedness of the world. He is often described as a master of materials, a sculptor with the ability to reveal what is invisible and make the impossible possible.

“It is a great honour to present a legendary artist like Giuseppe Penone in the Princess Estelle Sculpture Park. The work that he has created for Royal Djurgården is outstanding, unique, and absolutely magnificent,” says Sara Sandström, Executive Director of PREKS.

The artistic council’s motivation for the 2024 selection reads: Over the past five decades, Giuseppe Penone has explored the relationship between humans and nature in his groundbreaking artistic practice. A recurring motif is the living, growing tree as it relates to the human body. In his sculptures, Penone uses natural elements to emphasize the materials’ unique characteristics through simple gestures that draw our attention to the complex processes that surround us.

The acquisition of Giuseppe Penone’s sculpture has been made possible through a generous donation by Birgitta and Conni

Inauguration: 30 May 2024
Place: Princess Estelle Sculpture Park at Royal Djurgården, Stockholm

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Press contact

Katarina Jansdottir, Princess Estelle Cultural Foundation,

Giuseppe Penone. Photo: Luc Castel

Sculpture 2024. Giuseppe Penone. The Inner Flow of Life, 1000 x 197 x 187 cm, 60 tons.