nude

Ugo Rondinone
May 25 – October 15, 2012

Left:
orange orange yellow clock, 2011
Stained-glass window, wire
ø 33 cm

 

Right:

nude (xxxxxxxxxx), 2011
Wax, earth pigments
102 cm × 57 cm × 65 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

divided heaven, 2012
Concrete, epoxy resin, iron
239 cm × 171 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

divided heaven, 2012
Concrete, epoxy resin, iron
239 cm × 171 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Front:

nude (xxxxxxxxxxxxx), 2011
wax, earth pigments

109 cm × 74 cm × 64 cm

 

Back:

divided heaven, 2012
concrete, epoxy resin, iron
239 cm × 171 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

nude (xxxxxxxxxxxxx), 2011
wax, earth pigments

109 cm × 74 cm × 64 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Front:

nude (xxxxxxxxxxxxx), 2011
wax, earth pigments

109 cm × 74 cm × 64 cm

 

Back:

nude (xxxxxxxxxxxx), 2011
wax, earth pigments
128 cm × 77 cm × 60 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Exhibition view: nude, The Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, 2012

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Exhibition view: nude, The Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, 2012

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

nude

Ugo Rondinone
The Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
May 25 – October 15, 2012
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The Museum of Cycladic Art is pleased to announce an exhibition by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, under the title nude. The exhibition is a new site specific installation. Rondinone intervened and changed everything about the space, the floor, the light and the colours of the walls and ceiling to create his characteristically otherworld, dreamlike environment.

 

A special sculpture wall was installed in the first room to make sure this world is separated from everyday life. Neon lights and a lightbox sculpture create an even light that confuses our sense of time or place. Seven life-sized nude figures inhabit the space, in peaceful repose, informally posed on the floor. Jointed like store-window mannequins, the figures are exquisitely detailed, as they are cast in wax directly from the human body. The sections of each figure are made of different earth colors, a mixture of wax and earth pigments.

 

Naked and vulnerable, they seem to be resting after having performed. Rondinone himself says he chose dancers at the peak of their youth, bodies full of energy to accentuate the contradiction with their state of slumber. Why are they resting? From what? Maybe from life?

 

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