“As Edgar Morin says, we humans are not 50% nature and 50% culture, yet 100% cultural and 100% natural human beings. There are no mistakes in this calculation, but the acknowledging that every natural event is also completely cultural in human societies, suffices it to think of the rites, rules, thoughts, conceptualizations that go along entirely biological facts such as birth, nutrition, death. Evoking this double dimension in Largo Goldoni and talking about the "cultural tomorrow" of the capital city, the art of Giuseppe Penone also creates a new dialogue between history, the contemporary and the future. It is a further sign of a city that works, in many of its components, to give everyone back the right to freely enjoy the art and the benefits of scientific progress. Conditions these indispensable to its relaunch,” comments Luca Bergamo, Deputy Mayor of the City of Rome with delegation to cultural growth
“The great sculpture ‘Foglie di Pietra’, permanent installation that will enrich Largo Goldoni through its expressive strength, constitutes a great gift to art and culture by one of the greatest contemporary Italian sculptors. A gift which Fendi has contributed to, continuing in fact, to manifest its love for the city of Rome, with this new act of patronage," says Claudio Parisi Presicce, Superintendent of Cultural Heritage for Rome.
“We are extremely proud to donate this wonderful and incredible art piece by Giuseppe Penone to the city of Rome, its citizens and the million tourists who come visit the Eternal City every day. ‘Foglie di pietra’ embodies once again how much tied we are to this city and the importance it carries in the history of FENDI. Penone is an Italian artist of international fame with whom we share the passion for creation, sublime savoir-faire and continuous dialogue between tradition and innovation, core values of FENDI,” states Pietro Beccari, Chairman and CEO of Fendi.