Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone is presenting seven new sculptures created in harmony with space in the Museum of Cycladic Art from 24 May until 19 September.
The natural size figures are shown in free poses against the white walls of the museum. The sculptures with joints, resembling those mannequins in shop windows, are extremely detailed, as they are moulded from wax directly from the human body. The different parts of each figure are in different shades - a mixture of wax and earth colours.
Naked and vulnerable the sculptures of the 48-year-old artist seem to be relaxing after a show - but where? Why?
The permanent collection of calm and enigmatic sculptures date from the 3rd century BC and are displayed in the Museum of Cycladic Art. The resting figures of Rondinone invite guests to contemplate the development of creative resources throughout the centuries, and how humanity relates to the existential issues in different periods.
It should be noted that Ugo Rondinone is a world-renowned artist, mainly because of his poetic work, which uses many different means - painting, drawing, photography, video, art installations and sculpture. His enigmatic compositions of slender olive trees, the huge variations of the Chinese scholar rocks and large tubes of coloured wax combine memory and imagination in order to create melancholic art installations characteristic of dreams.
Rondinone has exhibitions in some of the largest museums in the world. His neon art installation “Hell, Yes!” over the entrance of New Museum acts as a reassuring message to New Yorkers after September 11.
During the 2011 Triennial in Yokohama, Japan (August-November 2011) Rondinone showed his neon sculpture “Our Magic Hour”, which is placed on the roof of the museum and gives its name to the entire exhibition. The Museum of Art in Yokohama displays also the 12 masks of the creator from the series Moonrise. east.
Museum of Cycladic Art
4 "Neofitou Douka" Street
Ugo Rondinone - nude
24 May until 19 September 2012
Entrance fee: 10 Euros, For friends of the Museum of Cycladic Art and members of CSC: 8 Euros
Free entrance: Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 10:00 until 20:00