UGO RONDINONE: BREATHE WALK DIESep 13, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

Rockbund Art Museum (20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai)
Larys Frogier
Ugo Rondinone
Rockbund Art Museum
Rockbund, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council
  • The Rockbund Art Museum is thrilled to introduce the very first exhibition in China of the internationally acclaimed artist Ugo Rondinone, born in 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland, and living in New York since 1997.

    Ugo Rondinone’s oeuvre takes up a unique position in the contemporary art scene and his contribution in revisiting the codes and the histories of the visual arts has been exceptional.

    Having developed very precise and obsessive series—from clown sculptures to stone figures, target paintings, masks, oversized wax light bulbs, stripe paintings, landscape ink drawings, bronze still-life objects, video and sound installations—Ugo Rondinone advances extremely diverse techniques, combining concepts with performative figures, abstract forms with raw materials, exploring themes of fantasy and desire, branching out in literature and poetry, contemporary cinema and the visual arts. 

    Paying very close attention to his art projects, Ugo Rondinone always refuses to conceive of his solo exhibitions as a display of artworks but rather as a total art statement, offering the visitor a very strong visual and emotional experience combined with powerful poetic and critical observations.

    Ugo Rondinone states:"Since 2007 all my exhibitions have used the natural colors of the material that was used in the production of the work: stone, clay, earth, bronze or aluminum. It's now time to bring back all the colors of the spectrum. This exhibition will combine different color works from the past and the present into one unifying installation."
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  • Curatorial Statement

    Ugo Rondinone fashioned for the Rockbund Art Museum an all-new stunning visual ensemble of works in which the whole architecture of the museum, performative actors and the visitors will be involved.

    Space: Step into a colorful wonderland

    The groundbreaking new project conceived for the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai initiates a new process into the colorful series. Ugo Rondinone considered how the straight verticality of the Rockbund Art Museum building counterbalances the infinite visual horizons paintings. The vertical architecture and horizons paintings thus combine with each other to open the rooms fully to an unlimited space in which the references to panorama and landscape are subverted as extensions rather than frontiers and boundaries.

    The exhibition consists of seven layers, each a different work or group of works:
    1.  One new neon sign in rainbow colors will be produced as the title of the exhibition BREATHE WALK DIE
    ​2.  Horizon wall paintings fully covering the walls of the Museum from the 1st to the 5th floor, each floor showing 3 graduation of colors and the ensemble developing the full color spectrum of the rainbow
    ​3.  A pair of clown shoes, part of a group of seven shoes each representing a day of the week, greets visitors at the entrance to the exhibition.
    ​4.  A performance of 40 clowns existing in the gallery spaces, titled ‘vocabulary of solitude’.
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  • Catalogue

    The book for the exhibition will gather for the very first time the full colored artworks produced by Ugo Rondinone from 2006 to now.

  • The exhibition was made possible with the support of:

    - Rockbund, Shanghai

    - Art partner: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

    - Program partner: Pro Helvetia Shanghai

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