Ugo Rondinone “giorni d’oro + notti d’argento” at MACRO Testaccio and Mercati di Traiano, Rome
The exhibition “giorni d’oro + notti d’argento” by Ugo Rondinone launches in Rome; it is divided between two of the capital’s most important institutional spaces: the MACRO Testaccio, the finest example of industrial archaeology and the Mercati di Traiano, a symbolic monument to imperial antiquity.
In the two locations the Swiss artist has devised a unique itinerary which will be developed around 2 great environmental installations conceived as 2 cycles, “giorni d’oro + notti d’argento”, which will transform the spaces into fantastic settings, where the visitor can engage with the works as a visual and conceptual experience.
Pavilion 9B of the MACRO Testaccio will house giorni “d’oro + notti d’argento”, which gathers together some of the artist’s works in a dazzling setting dominated by lights and colours and animated by the large installation vocabulary of solitude, which after the success at the Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam, will arrive for the first time in Italy and will move on next December to the Bass Museum in Miami, for the forthcoming Art Basel. The work consists of 45 clowns which with their 45 different postures, represent activities of everyday life, at the same time expressing the anguish of human solitude: be. breathe. sleep. dream. wake. rise. sit. hear. look. think. stand. walk. pee. shower. dress. drink. fart. shit. read. laugh. cook. smell. taste. eat. clean. write. daydream. remember. cry. nap. touch. feel. moan. enjoy. float. love. hope. wish. sing. dance. fall. curse. yawn. undress. lie.
The exhibition at the MACRO Testaccio will be enriched by the presence of hundreds of rainbows designed by the students of the schools of Rome, involved directly by the artist in collaboration with the museum’s Education Department.
Inside the exedra of the Mercati di Traiano Rondinone presents, for the first time in Italy, giorni d’oro + notti d’argento, a group of 5 casts of thousand-year old olive trees which are still standing in Puglia and in Basilicata, in aluminium and coated in white enamel. The artist, who wants to pay homage to the original land of his family which emigrated to Switzerland from Matera, has conceived the idea of bringing the monument back to an ancestral era, in a sort of petrified forest similar to those of the prehistoric era. A flower at the same time fossil and contemporary, loaded with a dramatic and expressive dimension, almost epic, suspended between natural and artificial, between history and prehistory. The installation will be transferred to Place Vendome in Paris in October 2016 for the forthcoming FIAC.
An exhibition of dialogue, but also of contrast: the explosion of colours around the imagery of a man in his 24 hour day at MACRO Testaccio against the monochrome/white of the trees at the installation of the Mercati di Traiano, conceived as an allegory of the 12 month full moon phases.
The title of the trees are: winter moon, hunger moon, wind moon, spring moon, flower moon.
The exposition, promoted by Roma Capitale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali is curated by Ludovico Pratesi and organised with the support of Sadie Coles HQ (London), Gladstone Gallery (New York – Brussels), Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zürich).
at MACRO Testaccio and Mercati di Traiano, Rome
until 11 September 2016
Ugo Rondinone “giorni d’oro + notti d’argento” installation views at MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2016.
Courtesy: the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, Gladstone Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber.
Ugo Rondinone “giorni d’oro + notti d’argento” installation views at Mercati di Traiano, Rome, 2016
Courtesy: the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, Gladstone Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Esther Schipper.