Ugo Rondinone in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | Rotterdam

Ugo Rondinone in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | Rotterdam

Ugo Rondinone | Vocabulary of Solitude
February 13–May 29, 2016
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam |The Netherlands

Ugo Rondinone, Vocabulary of solitude. sleep, 2014. 
Clown costume, masker, live performance. Collection of the artist. 
photocredit:  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

This spring the magical world of artist Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964, Switzerland, lives and works in New York) will be present at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, during the Art Rotterdam Week. The artist will bring together new and existing works in a large installation like a colour spectrum revealing the various facets of existence. Forty-five life-size clown sculptures will form the centrepiece of Vocabulary of Solitude, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands.

On the floor of the 1500m2 Bodon Galleries visitors will see forty-five life-size sculptures of passive and contemplative clowns, each named after an everyday activity: dream, sleep, yawn, read, cook. Together they describe by artist a person’s solitary day at home. The clown sculptures have never previously been exhibited and will be transported directly to Rotterdam from Rondinone’s studio in New York.
 Ugo Rondinone, vierzehnterseptemberzweitausendundfünfzehn, 2015. 
Acryl on canvas, 520 x 270 cm. Collection of the artist
 photocredit:  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rainbows is an installation includes half mandala paintings created with an airbrush technique. The optical effect of the large rainbow bands of colour makes them dance before your eyes. The large window of the Bodon Galleries will be covered with a filter in all the colours of the rainbow, creating an intense colourful glow throughout the garden gallery. The rainbow theme continues in thousands of drawings by children: young artists who have responded to the artist’s request for help in creating a 4 x 30 metre wall of rainbow drawings.
 Ugo Rondinone, The Eighteenth Hour of the Poem, 2007. 
Wax and pigments, 140 x 82 x 82 cm. Artist's collection.
  photocredit:  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Ugo Rondinone -  one of the world’s leading visual artists, has an Italian origin , born in Brunnen, Switzerland in 1964, currenty based in New York since 1998. He studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunstin in Vienna. Earlier on in his career  Rondinone has collaborated  with Austrian performance artist Hermann Nitsch. He came to international attention during the 1990s with his installations by sculpture, painting, video, sound and photography. Rondinone represented Switzerland at the 52th Venice Biennale in 2007. He has been the curator of the exhibitions The Third Mind at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2007) and The Spirit Level at Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York (2012). He had major solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthalle Wien , Palais Tokyo, Museum Leuven in Belgium . The work of Ugo Rondinone is represented by Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zürich), Barbara Gladstone Gallery (New York – Brussels), Galerie Almine Rech (Paris – Brussels), Sadie Coles HQ (London) and Galerie Esther Schipper (Berlin).

 Ugo Rondinone, Still. Life, 2013. 
Bronze, and lead paint, 12.5 x 14 x 12.5 cm. Artist's collection
  photocredit:  Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Ugo Rondinone : “Good art revolutionizes your whole being. It is something that stops you, or slows you down.

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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
3015 CX Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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