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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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)

Literature

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., (exh.cat.)
1999
Kunstmuseum Bern, Doswald, Christoph (ed.), Missing Link, (text by Paolo Bianci, Anna Helwing, Michelle Nicol (et al)), Thalwil/Zurich: Stemmle Publishers, 1999, (exh.cat.)
1999
Baudin, Katia, Van Durme, Veerle (et al), Collection Frac Nord - Pas de Calais, Een keuze, Kortrijke: BBL, 1999, (exh.cat.)
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, (exh.cat.)
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, (exh.cat.)
1999
Tordoir, Narcisse, Tuymans, Luc (et al) (ed.), Trouble Spot. Painting, Antwerpen: Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, 1999, (exh.cat.)
1999
Ruf, Beatrix (ed.), Ugo Rondinone GUIDED BY VOICES, (text by Ruf, Beatrix, Avgikos, Jan Winkelmann), Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus 1999 (exh.cat.) in collaboration with Winkelmann, Jan, Galerie fürZeitgenössiche Kunst Leipzig