The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating the first major survey exhibition in Germany to Ugo Rondinone (*1964) and presenting “LIFE TIME”, central paintings, sculptures and video works by the Swiss artist, who is internationally one of the best known of his generation.
In his works, he gives everyday things and phenomena a poetic dimension. A tree, a clock, the sun or a rainbow – by means of repetition, isolation or reduction, he places them in a new context in his characteristic, always minimalist spaces and creates atmospheric mood images. Especially for the Schirn, he groups around 80 of his works into new constellations and sequences, thus creating a unique installation that extends along the entire length of the gallery, into the rotunda and onto the roof. The artist developed curved standing landscape with entry door (2022), one of his monumental landscape sculptures made of earth, specifically for the site. In addition, thousands of moon pictures drawn by children were created especially for the exhibition and are presented under the title your age and my age and the age of the moon (2014-ongoing) – a meditation on the universe.
The exhibition “LIFE TIME” combines essential themes that have characterised Ugo Rondinone’s work for 30 years: Time and transience, day and night, reality and fiction, nature and culture. Central to the work of the conceptual and installation artist are the serial principle and the transmedial variation of motifs. Works of art emerge from works of art …
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Image above: Frankfurt 2022, Photo: Norbert Miguletz