Ugo Rondinone
Swiss, born 1964
1,727 followers
High auction record
$864k, Paddle8, 2001
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2017
Ugo Rondinone: good evening beautiful blue,
The Bass
2016
Ugo Rondinone,
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
2014
Ugo Rondinone: Breathe Walk Die,
Rockbund Art Museum

Ranging from installations to psychedelic paintings to large-scale drawings, Ugo Rondinone’s eclectic work balances on the razor’s edge between euphoria and depression. His signature incandescent colors and Pop references, as in his rainbow-hued and neon-lit sign pieces, turn cultural clichés (“Hell, Yes!”) into material for a contemporary Arte Povera, recycling old catchphrases, repurposed cement, or cast-off clothes. Similarly, his sculptures often transform everyday objects by casting them in bronze, giving them an artificial permanence that both underscores and denies their perishability. Rondinone represented Switzerland in the 52nd Venice Biennale.

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