“i believe in the spiritual and magical power of art. when art is made new, we are made new with it.” - ugo rondinone
last chance to view ugo rondinone's exhibition 'vocabulary of solitude' @arkenmuseum, denmark, closing this sunday, december 9.
"arken’s 150-meter-long art axis forms the setting for the exhibition. 45 hyperrealistic clowns cast from male and female models make up the installation 'vocabulary of solitude' from 2014. usually clowns are happy, energetic and entertaining, but here they are the opposite: contemplative and passive. 'vocabulary of solitude' is a portrait of a single person’s day represented in 45 acts. they are individually titled in the present tense: be. breathe. sleep. dream. wake. rise. sit. hear. look. think. stand. walk. pee. shower. dress. drink. fart. shit. read. laugh. cook. smell. taste. eat. clean. write. daydream. remember. cry. nap. touch. feel. moan. enjoy. float. love. hope. wish. sing. dance. fall. curse. yawn. undress. lie. each passive clown is a stand-in for one of these actions. together they form an endless 24-hour loop.
rondinone’s work oscillates between the romantic outlook of the natural world and the existential introspection of the inner world. he plays on our intuitive and impulsive recognition of motifs like a clown, a tree or a rainbow. the rainbow in particular primarily signals beauty, emancipation and innocence. in addition the rainbow tells a fundamental political story of personal freedom, as the symbol par excellence of the lgbt+ milieu and the rights of homosexuals.
the simple, solid message is that you are free to love the one you love. this is an indisputable, universal human right that may be taken for granted in denmark, which is generally known as the world’s first country to introduce civil marriages for homosexuals. however, not everyone enjoys this right, so there are still freedom struggles to be fought. the rainbow speaks a global visual language that inspires empathy, joy and fighting spirit." - arken museum of modern art
#ugorondinone #ugorondinonearken #vocabularyofsolitude #installation #rainbow .
installation view: anders sune berg; arken museum of modern art, 2017
Special announcement!✨ this past month, the bureau of land management (blm) issued a 3-year permit extension for #ugorondinone #7magicmountains allowing the installation to remain on view through the end of 2021! we are thrilled that this important #publicart project will be experienced by so many more in the upcoming years! 🌈✨ @nevadaart
On view until december 31
seven magic mountains
nevada museum of art, nevada
exhibition view: ugo rondinone, seven magic mountains, las vegas, nevada, 2016-18
photo © gianfranco gorgoni
ugo rondinone's "seven magic mountains" at the nevada museum of art. ⠀
seven magic mountains is a large-scale, site-specific public artwork by rondinone that has been nearly five years in the making. the installation, comprised of seven individual towering sculptures, is situated on the far southern end of las vegas boulevard along interstate 15, approximately a half hour from downtown las vegas. positioned within the ivanpah valley and surrounded by mountains, the piece will be on view for two years beginning may 11, 2016 and ending on december 31st 2018. ⠀
exhibition view: ugo rondinone, seven magic mountains, las vegas, nevada, 2016-18⠀
photo © gianfranco gorgoni⠀
#ugorondinone @nevadaart⠀ ⠀
#ugorondinone - the sun
gilded bronze, ø 500 cm, 2018
Very last chance 🤡🤡🤡
this sunday at 5 pm, ugo rondinone’s fabulous clowns will pack up their red noses and clown shoes to leave arken for good.
they will be sorely missed!
#arkenmuseum #ugorondinonearken #ugorondinone —
ugo rondinone, vocabulary of solitude, 2014-16