UGO RONDINONE: LIFE TIME

June 24—September 18, 2022

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating a first major survey exhibition in Germany to Ugo Rondinone (*1964). “LIFE TIME” presents key paintings, sculptures, and video works by the Swiss artist, who is one of the internationally best-known of his generation. In his works, he adds a poetic dimension to everyday things and phenomena. A tree, a clock, the sun or a rainbow – by means of repetition, isolation or reduction, he positions them in new contexts in his typically rather minimalistically arranged spaces, creating atmospheric ambiences. Specifically for the Schirn, he groups around eighty of his works into new constellations and sequences, creating a unique installation that extends along the entire length of the gallery, into the Rotunda, and onto the roof. In response to the location, the artist developed “curved standing landscape with entry door” (2022), one of his monumental landscape sculptures made of soil. Further, thousands of pictures of the moon, drawn by children especially for the exhibition, are presented under the title “your age and my age and the age of the moon” (2014–ongoing)—a meditation on the universe.

Ugo Rondinone, flower moon, 2011, Cast aluminium, white enamel, 650 x 250 x 170 cm, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Photo: Stefan Altenburger

THE SCHIRN IS DEDICATING THE FIRST MAJOR SURVEY EXHIBITION IN GERMANY TO UGO RONDINONE

The exhibition “LIFE TIME” combines essential themes that have shaped Ugo Rondinone’s work for the past thirty years: time and transience, day and night, reality and fiction, nature and culture. Central aspects in the work of the conceptual and installation artist are the principle of the series and the variation of motifs in various media. Works of art emerge from other works of art, each of which are part of a series while forming relationships that transcend individual works within Rondinone’s artistic system.

His material observations connect the subjective with the universal and create a sensually aesthetic bridge to things that are not man-made. In his works, Rondinone returns time and again to the iconography of Romanticism, weaving it into a dense fabric of art history, literature, and pop culture. The starting point of his multimedia oeuvre is the transformation of the outside world into a subjective, emotional inner world. He devises experiential spaces in which space and time disappear in the individual rhythm of perception and the viewers themselves become part of the installations and their immersive structures.

Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxx), 2010, wax, earth, pigments, 77 x 87 x 85.5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Booklet texts of the exhibition Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME

23.06.2022 | Here you can find the texts of the booklet, which is available for visitors in the exhibition

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07.06.2022 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating a large survey exhibition to Rondinone that will showcase key paintings, sculptures, and video works by the renowned Swiss artist.

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Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone. LIFE TIME, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone, life time, 2019, neon, acrylic glass, translucent foil, aluminium, © Ugo Rondinone, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Photo: Norbert Miguletz

Ugo Rondinone, flower moon, 2011, Cast aluminium, white enamel, 650 x 250 x 170 cm, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxx), 2010, wax, earth, pigments, 77 x 87 x 85.5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Ugo Rondinone, MOONRISE, 2003, cast polyurethane black, ø 18.3 cm, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Ugo Rondinone, blue clock, 2016, stained glass window, wire, ø 100 cm, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Ugo Rondinone, erstermärzzweitausendundneun, 2009, acrylic on canvas, plexiglass plaque with caption, 430 × 320 × 4.5 cm, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Ugo Rondinone, fünfundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundzwölf, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, plexiglass plaque with caption, ø 270 cm, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Ugo Rondinone, still.life. (five apples in a line), 2011, cast bronze, lead, paint, 5 parts, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Ugo Rondinone, we run through a DESERT on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted and shiny., 2008, Polystyrene cellular plastics, steel, grout, grit, light-weight concrete, Sculpture 270 x 172 x 97.5 cm, Pedestal 20 x 145 x 145 cm, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Ugo Rondinone, zero zany zone, 2019, wood, fittings, varnish, 293.5 × 266.5 × 24 cm, © Ugo Rondinone, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Photo: Courtesy Studio Rondinone

your age and my age and the age of the moon, 2014–ongoing, Plywood, moon drawings made by children in Germany, Dimensions variable © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt / the artist and Studio Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone, Photo: Brigitte Lacombe