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Ugo Rondinone

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A world-renowned, multi-media artist, Ugo Rondinone has established a global, cross-disciplinary practice since the 1980s. Via his eclectic exploration of sculpture, large-scale installations, painting, photography, video and printmaking, the Swiss-born artist makes use of a wide variety of materials, including neon, ink, stone, bronze, wax and sound, to make works that range from bright abstraction to more classical subjects and forms.

In a show of versatility, Rondinone’s works alternate between bright Pop-esque works with strong references to Color Field painting, to more somber compositions that convey a sense of nostalgic melancholy. Rondinone’s art therefore swings between various extremes with unpredictable inventiveness. Centered on the human psyche, his work makes reference to art history, literature and pop culture to engage his viewer in a contemplative, if not hypnotic, viewing experience, as demonstrated by the dizzying psychedelism of his recent Sun prints.

Rondinone’s work is in numerous prominent museum collections, including the Bundesamt für Kultur, Switzerland; Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, France; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Deutsche Bank, Germany; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Italy; Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Switzerland; Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg (MAMCS), France; Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Rondinone has been featured in retrospectives and exhibitions around the world, at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2020), Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2019), National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2019), SMK -National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2019), Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2019), Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (2019), Carré d’Art, Chapelle des Jésuites, Nîmes, France (2019), Contemporary Austin, Texas (2019), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2018), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2018), ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark (2017), Aspen Art Museum (2017), Bass Museum of Art (2017) and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2017).

 
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