Go See – Brussels: Ugo Rondinone 'New Horizon' at Almine Rech Gallery through January 14, 2012

December 14th, 2011

Ugo Rondinone, ERSTERJUNIZWEITAUSENDUNDELF (2011). All images courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery.

New Horizon is the sixth solo exhibition by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone at Almine Rech Gallery Brussels. For the first time since 1997 the artist’s iconic “horizon paintings” are being presented along with a series of watercolors. The now New York-based multi-media artist has continually questioned the relationship between viewer and artwork as well as the role of the artist and his place in the world. This series of works offer an entry point into the artist’s personal meditations around these inquiries while challenging the notion of public versus private domains.

Installation view

The “horizon paintings” that will be exhibited are part of another series, namely Rondinone’s “date paintings,” a project that depicts landscapes, mandalas, horizons, and windows, among other objects, and are dated like a page from a diary. Acting as a personal monologue, the painting’s subjects and themes explore the depths of solitude.  Culminating the series of abstract landscapes, the eight “horizon” paintings included in this show will be the artist’s last.


Installation view

The exhibition’s watercolors, small pastels stretched over fiberglass with rounded corners, are quite a contrast to the larger, brighter works in the show. These quieter works have never before been exhibited and will not be for sale.  Not allowing the works to be sold is part of Rondinone’s approach to addressing the private nature of his work.


- J. Schwartz

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