The artist will re-floor the entire space with sheets of industrial plywood as used on building sites, leaving the visitor second-guessing if the room is in use and can be entered. On the floor, 59 bronze horses of 20cm height made using a plaster mold will be placed randomly.
On the occasion of the Gallery Weekend Berlin Esther Schipper is pleased to present the fourth solo exhibition of Ugo Rondinone.
Best known for his rainbow colored light installations and his series of concentric Target Paintings, the Swiss-born artist has been investigating in depth the visualization of time and duration. His exhibitions often take place in spaces with a regulated light source, so as to mask the real time outside. In his large-scale installations materials that question the usability of the room are used.
For his exhibition at Esther Schipper the artist will re-floor the entire space with sheets of industrial plywood as used on building sites, leaving the visitor second-guessing if the room is in use and can be entered. On the floor, 59 bronze horses of 20cm height made using a plaster mold will be placed randomly. Translucently whitewashed windows will let daylight in but keep out the sun and time of day.
The use of sculpted animal follows on from the artist’s exhibition primitive at The Common Guild in Glasgow in the fall of last year, where he showcased 59 various life-sized birds. As totem animals related to the air, they preceded the horses –animals from the earth– to be shown in the gallery. A follow-up exhibition is planned with animals from water.
Ugo Rondinone was born in 1964 in Switzerland. Solo exhibition (selection): primitive, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2012), we are poems, LVMH, Palais an der Oper, Munich (2011), Die Nacht aus Blei, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2010), The Night of Lead, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla, Léon (2009) and Dog Days Are Over, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London (2008). Rondinone has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and represented (with Urs Fischer Switzerland at the 52th Biennale di Venzia. The artist lives and works in New York.
From 23 April Ugo Rondinone will show human nature, nine six-meter tall stone sculptures of human figures placed at the Public Art Fund, Rockefeller Plaza, New York and from 27 June the Museum Leuven (Belgium) will show a selection of his sculptures from the Nudes-Series.
Image: The Wind, 2013. Courtesy: the artist & Esther Schipper
GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN APRIL 26 – 28, 2013 http://www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de
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Opening: Friday, 26 April, 6 - 9pm
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