Ugo RONDINONE

  • Born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland
  • Based in New York, USA
  • Photo: Christian Grund

Projecting symbolic images associated with Romanticism and the natural world (clouds, rainbows, mountains, etc.) into our everyday life, Rondinone’s work reveals the ambivalent nature of our contemporary life. In Vocabulary of Solitude, clowns in psychedelic dress are representing 45 actions of an individual during 24 hours spent alone, such as dreaming, farting, wishing, lying. Their blank facial expressions and reflective poses contradict our expectations. According to Rondinone, “Timelessness, a fragmentary and subconscious relationship with the past and memory, and our ambiguous relationship with the details of our environment are the foundation of much of my work. Rather than a distorted reality, my work is an effort towards hyper-reality.”

Selected Works

2018
Ugo Rondinone: Liverpool Mountain, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2016
Ugo Rondinone: Vocabulary of solitude (solo), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2011
Yokohama Triennale 2011, Our magic hour : How much of the world can we know?, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Vocabulary of Solitude, 2014-2016
  • Ugo Rondinone: Vocabulary of solitude (solo), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Photo: Stefan Altenburger
  • Courtesy of studio rondinone