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Ugo Rondinone (Swiss, b.1964) is an installation artist best known for his circular spray paintings and video environments that convey a sense of melancholy and alienation. Born in Brunnen, Rondinone graduated from the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna in 1990. Starting in the 1990s, he has produced a series of circular paintings that are titled by number and resemble Kenneth Noland’s target paintings. Rondinone works with different media, such as photography, video, sculpture, and drawing, and often appropriates phrases from literature and popular culture. For his series I Don’t Live Here Anymore (1995-1998) Rondinone digitally manipulated photographs of fashion models in suggestive poses, so that his facial features replace those of the models. Many of his works involve signage, such as the rainbow colored sculpture Hell, Yes! (2001), which stood on the facade of the New Museum in New York. By contrast, the installation Roundelay (2003) sets a melancholic tone with six video projections of a man and woman walking through the streets of Paris; the spatial distortions and score by composer Philip Glass evoke alienation in an urban environment. Rondinone has held solo exhibitions at several museums around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla in León, Spain. In 2007, he represented Switzerland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He currently lives and works in New York.

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About Ugo Rondinone

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.

Swiss, b. 1963, Brunnen, Switzerland, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Ugo Rondinone, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2015
Ugo Rondinone: feelings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
2015
UGO RONDINONE, Walls + Windows + Doors, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
2014
Ugo Rondinone: Breathe Walk Die, Rockbund Art Museum

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Ugo Rondinone, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2015
Ugo Rondinone: feelings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
2015
UGO RONDINONE, Walls + Windows + Doors, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
2014
Ugo Rondinone: Breathe Walk Die, Rockbund Art Museum

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Video, Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London
2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2015
Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2015
Contrastes, Arsenal Montréal+Toronto, Montreal
2012
Science of dreams, Arsenal Montréal+Toronto, Montreal
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