Brown acquires two sculptures on five-year loans

“Idee di pietra” is a 27-foot representation of a nut tree with a large boulder from the Orco River.
“Idee di pietra” is a 27-foot representation of a nut tree with a large boulder from the Orco River. | Contributed photo

Installation work for two public art sculptures – Giuseppe Penone’s “Idee di pietra" (Ideas of Stone) and Urs Fisher’s “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)" – recently began on Brown University’s campus.

The sculptures, which are both coming to Brown through long-term loans of five years, were brought to the campus through Public Art Committee, which works to enhance the university experience and the Providence community through cultural, intellectual and scholarly opportunities. “Idee di pietra” was loaned to Brown from an anyonymous alumnus, while “Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” is from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Collection.

Penone is a well-known figure in the Arte Povera movement, an avant-garde Italian style from the 1960s that saw artists protest the commercialization of art by creating their works with more common materials, like stones or newspapers. He describes “Idee di pietra,” which is a 27-foot realistic representation of a nut tree with a large boulder from the Orco River, as a manifestation of the forces of gravity and light.

“Untitled (Lamp/Bear)” is a more playful piece, exploring, as Fischer puts it, the inner mechanics of duality. It is a combination of a massive desk lamp and equally large plush bear, showing off the Swiss artist’s playful and somewhat irreverent style.

Brown plans to bring both artists to the university this fall for lectures on their works.

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