Ranging from installations to psychedelic paintings to large-scale drawings, Ugo Rondinone’s eclectic work balances on razor’s edge between euphoria and depression.
His signature incandescent colors and Pop references, as in his rainbow-hued and neon-lit sign pieces, turn cultural cliches (“Hell, Yes!”) into material for a contemporary Arte Povera, recycling old catchphrases, repurposed cement, or cast-off clothes.
Similarly, his sculptures often transform everyday objects by casting them in bronze, giving them an artificial permanence that both underscores and denies their perishability.
Rondinone represented Switzerland in the 52nd Venice Biennale.
His work is exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art and he has solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou in Paris, New Museum, Rockbund Art Museum, Aspen Art Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), Nasher Sculpture Center and The Bass Museum of Art.