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Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone

£500.00
PENONE (GIUSEPPE). GIUSEPPE PENONE VERJÜNGT EIN BRETT IN EINER BAUM VOM 5.BIS 20. FEBRUAR 1970, TÄGLICH ZWISCHEN 15 UND 21 UHR IM AKTIONSRAUM 1, TEL 53 61 44, MÜNCHEN 15, WALTERSTR.25 (AM GOETHEPLATZ).

860 x 610 mm., original silkscreened poster, c. February 1970.
Poster for Penone’s “Baum” or “tree”, roughly translates as Giuseppe Penone rejuvenates a plank in/from a tree”.
A key piece from the Aktionsraum 1.

In 1969, art patron Eva Madelung, Peter Nemetschek (artist photographer) and Alfred Gulden (theatre studies) established Aktionsraum 1 as an avant-garde collective in Munich. They created a space for young artists in which conventional works and presentational forms from the art-world were to be avoided in favour of providing an effective public platform for the new performative art. Over the next year, 50 projects concerned with actionism, performance, and Arte Povera took place in a rented, empty factory on Waltherstrasse. Artists such as Klaus Rinke, HA Schult, Jochen Gerz, Christian Attersee, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Giuseppe Penone, Braco Dimitrijevic, Ben Vautier, Günter Saree, Luciano Fabro, Stanley Brouwn, Gruppe OHO and others tried out alternative and innovative art forms in this off-space precursor. The list of artists also reveals the international standing and avant-garde orientation of the enterprise. The opening on the 18th and 19th October 1969 featured Klaus Rinke, Lindow-Borlat and Tony Morgan. Amongst the most legendary of the action were the Zerreißprobe [Endurance Test] by Günter Brus and Hermann Nitsch s 7. Abreaktionsspiel [7th Reaction Game]. All but perhaps three of the posters were most probably printed in Munich and all for Aktionsraum and are very largely original, silkscreened works (though one or two have an offset section) printed on white paper with most printed in black on white (in portrait or landscape format expressed as vertical x horizontal axes in this list) and two others in black and grey and another in blue and red and another in red and black. All have the light patina of nearly half a century of existence, some have slight wear and tear and the odd nick, a few corners are turned, they are all crisp and white. They range from rare to scarce and uncommon. Some are cropped oddly and have printing faults and at least one is misspelt. They are mostly in German or, on occasion, somewhere in- between English and German.

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