the night of lead

Ugo Rondinone
May 13 – August 1, 2010

bright shiny morning, 2010
Paint on glass
5537 cm × 4700 cm × 4260 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Left:
the 23rd hour of the poem, 2005
Wax, pigments
82 cm × 140 cm × 82 cm

 

Right:
wisdom? peace? blank? all of this?, 2007
Cast aluminum, white enamel
465 cm × 454 cm × 320 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Exhibition view: the night of lead, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2010

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Front:

thank you silence, 2005
Wood, paper, metal grille, motor activity
30 cm × 200 cm × 40 cm

 

Back:

still.life. (johns fireplace), 2008
Cast bronze, lead, paint
239 cm × 367 cm × 84 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Exhibition view: the night of lead, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2010

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Exhibition view: the night of lead, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2010

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

it’s late and the wind carries a faint sound as it moves through the trees. it could be anything. the jingling of little bells perhaps, or the tiny flickering out of tiny lives. i stroll down the side walk and close my eyes and open them and wait for my mind to go perfectly blank. like a room no one has ever entered, a room without doors or windows. a place where nothing happens., 1999
6 dvds, 6 projections, aluminum, plexiglass, neon, sound
1684 cm × 500 cm × 970 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

far away trains passing by, 1991
Wood, acrylic paint, fabric
Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Left:

OPEN ground, 2010
Wood, plexiglass, acrylic paint
189 cm × 359 cm × 4 cm

 

Right:

open GROUND, 2010
Wood, plexiglass, acrylic paint
189 cm × 359 cm × 4 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

touching the void, 2008
Pebble, paint

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Exhibition view: the night of lead, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2010

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Left:

still.life. (two stools), 2008
Cast bronze, lead, paint; 2 parts
42 cm × 51 cm × 42 cm

 

Right:

lessness, 2003
Plexiglass, loudspeaker, audio system, sound
400 cm × 280 cm × 40 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Left:

all absolute abyss, 2010
Wood, hardware, enamel
217 cm × 280 cm × 14 cm

 

Middle:

next new night, 2009
Wood, hardware, enamel
201 cm × 291 cm × 15 cm

 

Right:

rising ritual rest, 2008
Wood, hardware, enamel
202 cm × 281 cm × 11 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

zero built a nest in my navel, 2005
Wood, burlap, paint, lights, 8 speakers
1000 cm × 400 cm × 1200 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

Left:

the 22nd hour of the poem, 2005
wax, pigments
82 cm × 140 cm × 82 cm

 

Right:

zero built a nest in my navel, 2005
Wood, burlap, paint, lights, 8 speakers
1000 cm × 400 cm × 1200 cm

 

Photo © Stefan Altenburger

the night of lead

Ugo Rondinone
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
May 13 – August 1, 2010
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Both nationally and internationally, Ugo Rondinone is one of the most noted contemporary Swiss artists. But whereas institutions around the world regularly devote major exhibitions to his work, Rondinone's last solo show in this country dates back eleven years. The Aargauer Kunsthaus's large-scale exhibition Ugo Rondinone. The Night of Lead finally ends this long hiatus by presenting a comprehensive selection of works from recent years as well as a number of new works.

 

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