This spring Ugo Rondinone (Brunnen 1964, lives and works in New York) will fill the Bodon Galleries at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. He will bring together existing and new works in a large installation like a colour spectrum revealing the various facets of existence. Forty-five life-size clown sculptures will form the centerpiece of his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands: ‘Ugo Rondinone - Vocabulary of Solitude’.
Rondinone gives everyday motifs and images a poetic dimension by isolating or enlarging them. On the floor of the 1500m2 Bodon Galleries visitors will move between 45 life-size sculptures of passive and contemplative clowns, each named after an everyday activity: dream, sleep, yawn, read, cook. Rondinone lets his installations speak for themselves. An artwork is successful if the viewer doesn’t have to think and is led naturally in a particular direction: ‘Good art revolutionises your whole being. It is something that stops you, or slows you down.’
The exhibition, which opens during Art Rotterdam Week (10-14 February 2016), is an international partnership and will travel to several other museums after its showing in Rotterdam.