Born 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland.

Lives and works in New York.


1986–1990 Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna


1995 Swiss Eidgenössischer Preis für freie Kunst, Switzerland
1994 Swiss Eidgenössischer Preis für freie Kunst, Switzerland
1991 Swiss Eidgenössischer Preis für freie Kunst, Switzerland

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2021 Ugo Rondinone. a wall. a door. a tree. a lightbulb. Winter, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand
nude in the landscape, Belvedere 21, Vienna
2019 everyone gets lighter, Kunsthalle Helsinki
sunny days, Guild Hall, East Hamptons
2018 the radiant, MICAS – Malta International Contemporary Art Space, Floriana
your age and my age and the age of the sun, Fondación Casa Wabi, Mexico City
2017 let's start this day again, CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
your age and my age and the age of the rainbow, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
vocabulary of solitude, ARKEN – Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj
moonrise. east. july, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
good evening beautiful blue, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach
the world just makes me laugh, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
2016 giorni d'oro + notti d'argento, MACRO Testaccio and the Mercati di Traiano, Rome
Seven Magic Mountains, Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art, Desert of Nevada
vocabulary of solitude, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
moonrise sculptures, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
miami mountain, permanent installation, The Bass Museum, Miami
becoming soil, Carré d'Art, Nîmes
2015 golden days and silver nights, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2014 breathe walk die, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
naturaleza humana, Museo Anahuacalli Mexico, Mexico City
2013 we run through a desert in burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
human nature, Public Art Fund, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
thank you silence, M Museum, Leuven
2012 wisdom? peace? blank? all of this?, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
nude, Cycladic Art Museum, Athens
primitive, The Common Guild, Glasgow
2010 die nacht aus blei, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
sunrise east, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle
2009 the night of lead, MUSAC, Léon
2008 clockwork for oracles II, Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2006 zero built a nest in my navel, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2004 long night short years, Le Consortium, Dijon
clockwork for oracle, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2003 roundelay, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
our magic hour, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2002 no how on, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2001 dreams and dramas, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya
kiss tomorrow goodbye, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
2000 so much water so close to home, MoMa PS1, New York, NY
in the sweet years remaining, Museum Aarhus, Aarhus

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2021 Paradise Kortrijk
2018 Sculpture Garden Biennale, Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva
Encore un jour banane pour le poisson-rêve, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2017 The Transported Man, Broad Art Museum, Lansing, MI
The Upset Bucket, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Winter Journey, Château de Versailles, Versailles
2016 The Infinite Mix, Hayward Gallery, London
Human Scale, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama
Seven Artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2015 About trees, Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern
Greater New York, MoMa PS1, New York, NY
Work Hard, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
2014 The Human Factor, Hayward Gallery, London
Elevation 1049: Between Heaven and Hell, LUMA Foundation, Gstaad
2013 Nasher XChange, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Una Posibilidad de Escape. Para Asaltar el Estudio de la Realidad y Volver a Grabar el Universo, Espai D'Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellon
2007 52nd Venice Biennale

Curated Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Summer, Peter Freeman, Inc., New York
2016 I Love John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2015 Artists and Poets, Secession, Vienna
2011 The spirit level, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2007 The third mind, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Ugo Rondinone is recognized as one of the major voices of his generation, an artist who composes searing meditations on nature and the human condition while establishing an organic formal vocabulary that fuses a variety of sculptural and painterly traditions. The breadth and generosity of his vision of human nature have resulted in a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects, installations, videos, and performances. His hybridized forms, which borrow from ancient and modern cultural sources alike, exude pathos and humor, going straight to the heart of the most pressing issues of our time, where modernist achievement and archaic expression intersect.


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