Ugo Rondinone. Rondinone's work plays consistently with the boundaries of fiction and reality. Repetitive musical refrains and fragmented conversations compound the sense of confusion or unease, or lull the viewer into a dream-like state. Wim Wenders. Pictures from the Surface of the Earth brings together photographs taken by renowned German artist and film maker Wim Wenders over the past two decades.
24 June - 31 August 2003
Ugo Rondinone is a John Kaldor and Naomi Milgrom Art Project, the latest in a series of major projects that included the installation of Jeff Koons's Puppy on the front lawn of the MCA in 1995/6 and Vanessa Beecroft's VB40 performance in 1999. This major exhibition of the Swiss-born artist Ugo Rondinone's work will be the first time his work has been shown in Sydney.
Labeled a 'multimedia romantic', Rondinone produces drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos and installations that invoke powerful emotional states. His poetic works are often accompanied by soundtracks and atmospheric lighting, and draw on aspects of cinema, art history, literature, fashion photography and pop music. The artist's installations also recall stage sets or nightclubs, creating similarly intoxicating moods of melancholy and desire.
Rondinone's work plays consistently with the boundaries of fiction and reality. Repetitive musical refrains and fragmented conversations compound the sense of confusion or unease, or lull the viewer into a dream-like state. Taking the form of carefully constructed environments, and variously incorporating illusory and architectural devices such as mirrors, false walls and floors, windows, mazes, colour and sound, his installations envelop the viewer, suggesting that all is not quite as it seems.
A John Kaldor and Naomi Milgrom Art Project
Pictures of the Surface of the Earth
24 June - 31 August 2003
Pictures from the Surface of the Earth brings together photographs taken by renowned German artist and film maker Wim Wenders over the past two decades.
From Wenders' first photographic exhibition Written in the West, presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1986, through the Wim Wenders: Photo exhibition, organised by the Goethe Institut and presented worldwide, to more recent images taken in 1998 in Havana while filming Buena Vista Social Club and in Israel in 2000, this exhibition brings the viewer closer to landscapes void of humanity but charged with a powerful notion of the human presence.
Wenders began taking photographs in 1983. From the start, he has brought his unique sensibility to focus on the villages and landscapes of the United States and Havana, the forests and temples of Japan, the coast of Galilee and the endless roads of the deserted outback.
Image: Wim Wenders, ounge Painting #2, Gila Bend, Arizona 1983
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