two men contemplating the moon 1830 Ugo Rondinone
September 16—Oktober 22, 2016

two men contemplating the moon 1830 Ugo Rondinone

From left to right: two men contemplating the moon 1830, 2015 fir trees in the snow 1828, 2016 morning mist in the mountains 1808, 2016 fog in the elbe valley 1821, 2016 All works: Cast aluminum Each work in this series is named after a painting by the German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. Instead of diminishing the interiority of the spaces they hang in by allowing us to see outside, Rondinone’s metal windows reinforce a sense of isolation from the external world and provoke a palpable sense of enclosure. Photo © Andrea Rossetti

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Esther Schipper is pleased to present two men contemplating the moon 1830, Ugo Rondinone’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Taken from a painting by Caspar David Friedrich, the exhibition’s title makes manifest Rondinone’s long-standing indebtedness both to the iconography and philosophy of German Romanticism. “The German Romantic movement was the first to blur the line between reality and illusion. In this sense I’m very attached to the idea of art and art making as...
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