Ugo Rondinone  (Swiss, 1964) 

Ugo Rondinone (Swiss, b.1964) is an installation artist best known for his circular spray paintings and video environments that convey a sense of melancholy and alienation. Born in Brunnen, Rondinone graduated from the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna in 1990. Starting in the 1990s, he has produced a series of circular paintings that are titled by number and resemble Kenneth Noland’s target paintings. Rondinone works with different media, such as photography, video, sculpture, and drawing, and often appropriates phrases from literature and popular culture. For his series I Don’t Live Here Anymore (1995-1998) Rondinone digitally manipulated photographs of fashion models in suggestive poses, so that his facial features replace those of the models. Many of his works involve signage, such as the rainbow colored sculpture Hell, Yes! (2001), which stood on the facade of the New Museum in New York. By contrast, the installation Roundelay (2003) sets a melancholic tone with six video projections of a man and woman walking through the streets of Paris; the spatial distortions and score by composer Philip Glass evoke alienation in an urban environment. Rondinone has held solo exhibitions at several museums around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla in León, Spain. In 2007, he represented Switzerland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He currently lives and works in New York.

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Ugo Rondinone, I Don't Live Here Anymore (set of 5 works)


Ugo Rondinone
I Don't Live Here Anymore (set of 5 works)

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Ugo Rondinone, No. 204 Fuenfterjunizweitausendundnull


Ugo Rondinone
No. 204 Fuenfterjunizweitausendundnull

Barbara Mathes Gallery
Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxxxxxxxxx)


Ugo Rondinone
nude (xxxxxxxxxxx)

Esther Schipper
Ugo Rondinone, Exhibition view


Ugo Rondinone
Exhibition view

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Ugo Rondinone, Exhibition view


Ugo Rondinone
Exhibition view

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Ugo Rondinone, Exhibition view


Ugo Rondinone
Exhibition view

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Ugo Rondinone, (four pieces of styrofoam)


Ugo Rondinone (four pieces of styrofoam)

Esther Schipper


Ugo Rondinone

Esther Schipper


Ugo Rondinone

Esther Schipper
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Ugo Rondinone, Poems


Ugo Rondinone
Poems, 2006


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Ugo Rondinone, Passing Afternoon


Ugo Rondinone
Passing Afternoon, 2006


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Ugo Rondinone, 15 January


Ugo Rondinone
15 January, 2007
gesso, paper collage and graphite on linen


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1964   Born in Brunnen, Switzerland
1986 - 1990   Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna
1991   Eidgenössicher Preis für Freie Kunst
1993   Kiefer-Hablitzel-Stipendium
1994   Eidgenössicher Preis für Freie Kunst
1995   Eidgenössicher Preis für Freie Kunst
1998   Schweizer Plakat des Jahres 1998: ‘Eidgenössische Preise für freie Kunst 1998
1998 - 1999   Werkjahr P.S. 1, New York, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern
  Lives and works in New York
2012   The moth poem and the holy forest, Krobath, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2012   Parallelwelt Zirkus, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2012   Kunsthistorisches Museum, Theseus Tempel, Vienna, Austria
2012   Nude, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece
2011   UNSCHARF. Nach Gerhard Richter, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hubertus-Wald-Forum, Hamburg
2011   Durchsichtige Dinge, Kunstverein Freiburg
2011   Voici un dessin suisse, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau
2011   Everything Must Go, Casey Kaplan, New York, USA
2011   Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
2011   Chefs d'oeuvre, Rodin et les ambassadeurs, Musée Rodin, Paris, France
2011   Transparente Dinge, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
2011   Unscharf. Nach Gerhard Richter, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hubertus-Wald-Forum, Hamburg, Germany
2011   Sympathy for the Devil, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
2011   Black Swan, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
2011   Peder Lund Fine Arts, Oslo (solo)
2011   Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (solo)
2011   Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (solo)
2011   Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (solo)
2010   Die Nase des Michelangelo, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, Switzerland
2010   The New Décor, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
2010   fashionable Art - die Mode in der Kunst, Kunst Raum Riehen, Riehen, Germany
2010   Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, S.M.A.K./Museum of Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium
2010   Where do we go from here?, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati /La Colección Jumex, Miami, USA
2010   Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Bilder über Bilder. Diskursive Malerei von Albers bis Zobernig, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
2010   Swiss Drawing (1990-2010), Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland
2010   Hope! L’espoir, de Giacometti à Murakami, Palais des arts et du Festival, Dinard, France
2010   UltraMegaLore, Modemuseum Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium
2010   Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
2010   Where do we go from here? Works from the Jumex Collection, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
2010   Biennale of the Art of Painting: Beyond the Sublime, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
2010   nude, Gladstone Gallery, New York (solo)
2010   Ugo Rondinone Olive Tree Installation at IBM Building, 590 Madison, New York (solo)
2010   SUNRISE. east, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (solo)
2010   Die Nacht aus Blei (The night of lead), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
2009   Timecode, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK
2009   Where do we go from here?, Bass Museum of Miami/La Colección Jumex, Miami,
2009   Voyage Sentimental. Attraction, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
2009   Zwischenzonen, La Colección Jumex/MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
2009   Black Hole, Centro Cultural de Andratx, Andtratx, Mallorca, Spain
2009   Silence, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
2009   The Flag Art Foundation, Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, New York
2009   We Are Sun Kissed and Snow Blind, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Paris
2009   Magritte et la Lumière, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
2009   nous tournons dans la nuit..., Musee departement d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
2009   Stardust, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, Parc De Oude Warande
2009   N’importe Quoi, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
2009   Saints and Sinners, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham
2009   Sunrise East, Museo du Louvre, Paris (solo)
2009   How Does it Feel, Le Cenquatre, Paris (solo)
2009   Ugo Rondinone: La Vie Silencieuse, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (solo)
2009   La Noche de Plomo,(The Night of Lead), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain, travelsto: Louisiana, Denmark, February 2010; Argauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (solo)
2009   Art Wall Project, ICA Boston, Massachusetts (solo)
2009   Ugo Rondinone: Nude, Sadie Coles, London (solo)
2008 - 2009   ICA Boston, Art Wall Project
2008   Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2008   Moonrise. east, Public Art Project, Art Basel
2008   Sculpture Center, New York
2007   Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, Une question de génération
2007   Arario Gallery, Cheonan, South Korea
2007   Arario Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
2007   Creative Time, Ritz Carlton Plaza, Battery Park, New York, air gets into everything even nothing (solo)
2007   Creative Time, Ritz Carlton Plaza, Battery Park, New York, get up girl a sun is running the world (solo)
2006   Giorni felici, Galeria Civica di Modena, Modena (solo)
2006   On butterfly wings, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (solo)
2006   Thank you silence, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2006   Unday, Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin (solo)
2006   A waterlike still, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster (solo)
2006   My endless numbered days, Sadie Coles HQ, London (solo)
2006   Zero built a nest in my navel, Whitechapel Gallery, London (solo)
2006   CGAC Centro Galego de Arte Contemporànea, Santiago de Compostela, CONTOS DIXITAIS
2006   NVA Organisation, Glasgow, Newcastle Gateshead Winter Festival
2006   Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Street: behind the cliché
2006   Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Lifestyle – From Subculture to High Fashion
2006   Icônes, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris
2006   Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Nach Schiele
2006   Super Vision, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2006   Black/white & chewing gum, Krobath Wimmer, Vienna
2005   Contemporary Swiss Art, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba
2005   Looking at Words – The Formal Presence of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
2005   Ambiance, Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Dusseldorf
2005   Chambres à part, Hotel Sezz, Paris
2005   Clockwork for oracles, ISR-Centro Culturale Svizzero di Milano, Milan (solo)
2005   Sunsetsunrise, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (solo)
2004   Sail me on a silver sun, Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples (solo)
2004   Long gone sole, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2004   Long night short years, Le consortium, Dijon (solo)
2004   Clockwork for oracle, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (solo)
2004   The realm of the senses, James Cohan Gallery, New York
2004   La piste noire, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris
2004   Works And Days, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
2004   Schöner Wohnen, Centre for contemporary art, Waregem, Belgium
2003   Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Breathing the Water
2003   Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, moonrise (solo)
2001   Galerie Almine Rech, 'If there were anywhere but desert, Paris (solo)
2001   Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Kiss tomorrow goobye (solo)
2001   Rome Sommer Contemporary Art, Yesterdays dancer (solo)
2001   Tel Aviv Herzliza Museum of Art, Herliya, Israel (solo)
2001   Galerie Commune, Tourcoing/France (solo)
2000   Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (solo)
2000   Love invents us, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000   HQ Gallery, London, curator: Sadie Coles (solo)
2000   In the Sweet years remaining, Kunstmuseum Aarhus, Danemark (solo)
2000   Kunsthalle Palazzo (solo)
2000   Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples (solo)
1999   Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, moonlighting (solo)
1998   So much water, so close to home, Krobath & Wimmer, Vienna
1998   From the corner of the Eye, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1997   Jessica Diamond, Galleria Nazioniale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome
1997   Le Consortium, Dijon
1996   heydey, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
1996   Young Art- Forum der jungen Schweizer Kunst, Kunsthalle Bern
1995   Livres D'Artistes, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
1995   Migrateurs, ARC Museé d'Arte Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1994   Endstation Sehnsucht, Kunsthaus Zurich
1994   Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne (solo)
1993   drawings, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Martigny, Martigny (solo)
1993   Centre d'Art Contemporania de Martigny, Martigny
1992   U. Fischer, C. d, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
1992   pastime, Galerie Walcheturm, Zurich (solo)
1991   i’m a tree, Galerie Walcheturm, Zurich (solo)
1990   Ausstellungspreis, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern
1989   Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne
1989   Igitur, Kunsthalle Winterthur
1989   Galerie Pinx, Vienna (solo)
1988   Spiel der Spur, Shedhalle, Zurich
1987   Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon
1987   Raum für aktuelle Schweizer Kunst, Lucerne (solo)
1986   Sec 52, Ricco Bilger, Zurich (solo)
1986   Galerie M2, Vevey
1985   Weihnachstausstellung, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne
1985   Galerie Marlene Frei, Zurich (solo)
2006    ‘Ugo Rondinone – The Third Hour of the Poem,’ in: Mister Motley, No. 12, 2006, p. 93
2006    Moisdon, Stéphanie, ‘Ugo Rondinone – On Butterfly Wings,’ in: Frog, No. 4, Autumn/Winter 2006, p. 80-
2006    ‘Taschenkunst,’ in: Schweizer Illustrierte Style, No. 10, October, 2006, p. 22
2006    Emma Crichton-Miller, ‘Affairs of the Art,’ in: Harper’s Bazaar, No. 9, November, 2006, p. 144
2006    Olga Daniylopoulou, The Scarecrow, Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza Foundation, 2006, p. 150-151
2006    Brigitte Ulmer, ‘Tagträumer,’ in: Bolero, October, 2006, p. 96-98
2006    Cristina Travaglini, ‘Ugo Rondinone,’ in: Mousse magazine, no. 3, September, 2006, p. 11-14
2006    Tobias G. Natter, Thomas Trummer (ed.), nach Schiele, Atelier Augarten. Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst der Österrreichischen Galerie Belvedere, 2006, p. 122-135
2006    Christine Ross, The Aesthetics of Disengagement: Contemporary Art and Depression, University of Minnesota Press, 2006
2006    Philipp Meier, ‘Das Grinsen des Melancholikers als Clown,’ in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, No. 178, August 4, 2006, p. 46
1999    Jalouse "Les articles montent la sauce", December
1999    Flash art n°118, "Ugo Rondinone", March/April
1999    Flash art "The istambull fall", December
1999    Le journal des arts "La Suisse vise l'an 2000"
1999    L'oeil "Dans le cercle de Rondinone", November
1999    Scherf, Angéline, Basualdo, Carlos, L‘autre sommeil, Paris: Paris-Musées Musée d‘Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1999, o.S., (
1999    Kunstmuseum Bern, Doswald, Christoph (ed.), Missing Link, (text by Paolo Bianci, Anna Helwing, Michelle Nicol (et al)), Thalwil/Zurich: Stemmle Publishers, 1999, (
1999    Baudin, Katia, Van Durme, Veerle (et al), Collection Frac Nord - Pas de Calais, Een keuze, Kortrijke: BBL, 1999, (
1999    6th Istanbul Biennal, The passion and the wave, (text by Carlos Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Katy Siegel (et al)), Istanbul: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, 1999, (
1999    Melbourne International Biennal 1999, Signs of Liife, (text by Juliana Engberg, Shane Murray), Melbourne: City of Melbourne, 1999, (exh. cat.)
1999    Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (ed.), Rosa für Jungs/Hellblau für Mädchen, Berlin: NGBK, 1999, (
1999    Tordoir, Narcisse, Tuymans, Luc (et al) (ed.), Trouble Spot. Painting, Antwerpen: Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, 1999, (
1999    Ruf, Beatrix (ed.), Ugo Rondinone GUIDED BY VOICES, (text by Ruf, Beatrix, Avgikos, Jan Winkelmann), Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus 1999 ( in collaboration with Winkelmann, Jan, Galerie fürZeitgenössiche Kunst Leipzig