Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone will have a solo exhibition at Sommer Gallery, opening August 29.
Rondinone has spent the last twenty years examining the psychic and emotional nature of the banality of human existence. The artist experiments with an array of media and his vast body of work includes sculpture, trance-like mandala paintings, large scale drawings and multi-channel video installations.
Since 1997, Rondinone has been making neon-lit rainbow coloured signs from phrases he appropriates from pop songs and everyday exclamations. These joyous affirmations contain diverse references to the history of art and pop culture and are enigmatically alluring, allowing the audience to mediate on their hidden meaning. Rondinone’s ‘Hell, Yes!’ famously sits on the façade of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
His work is held in the permanent collections of some of the world’s most distinguished museums and institutions including; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris and Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich. Rondinone also represented Switzerland in the 2007 Venice Biennale.
As one of contemporary art’s most versatile artists, we are excited to see what he brings to Tel Aviv.