Ugo Rondinone “the water is a poem unwritten by the air no. the earth is a poem unwritten by the fire” at Petit Palais, Paris

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Revolving round human our bodies in touch with the weather and nature, these works are in step with the a number of households of works produced by the artist because the late Nineteen Eighties. Earth, sky, air, water and hearth, related to beings at relaxation or in motion, are invoked within the fulness of their religious
dimension.

The primary ensemble, humansky, welcomes guests and instantly underlines the melding of being and the weather: seven moulded, suspended our bodies embellished with a blue cloud-dotted sky “camouflage” confronting guests with water and air.

The second group, traditionally the supply of this trilogy, consists of nudes. Comprised of a mix of clear wax and earth collected from seven continents, these sculptures even have a “camouflage” look stemming from the blending of their non-homogeneous elements. They depict the our bodies of female and male dancers seated and at relaxation. Created on a human scale, these nudes appear reasonable at first, till the customer, coming nearer, discovers their clearly synthetic facet, notably seen on the junction of their limbs with their our bodies. These sculptures are thus “paradoxical” of their compliance with the Rondinone aesthetic: he performs on the “opposition” between what is anticipated of a dancer, and the pose he makes every one assume. Banishing any choreographed gesture and any reference to the stage area, these immobile, withdrawn our bodies appear to have change into one with nature, intensely concentrated and misplaced in a meditative state.

From one ensemble to the following guests witness a means of our bodies in mutation: shifting from the ethereal suspension of humansky to the quasi-lethargy of the nudes, the our bodies are “reborn” within the movie burn to shine, whose presentation on the Petit Palais is a world premiere. The movie is projected onto six screens inside a cylindrical area manufactured from charred wooden and forming a circle, a recurring geometric determine for the artist. The physique is in motion right here: 12 percussionists and 18 female and male dancers are gathered round a hearth within the desert. Combining an ancestral trance from the Maghreb with the gestures of a up to date dance conceived with the assistance of Franco-Moroccan choreographer Fouad Boussouf, they unite with nature from sundown till daybreak, when the solar rises once more.

The cylinder’s picket slats exclude any view of the surface; they point out a path to observe. For the reason that starting of his profession, Ugo Rondinone has thought of it essential to create an enclosed “remoted” setting facilitating dialogue with nature. Therefore the significance for him of presentation gambits attenuating the presence of the encircling city panorama. The filters on the home windows—when the solar goes down and the moon comes up—within the sculpture gallery and the north pavilion are a part of this quest and remind us above all that every of Rondinone’s exhibitions is inherently a murals in its personal proper.

In keeping with the artist, the hyperlink between the primary two teams and burn to shine is a need for transformation: “The preliminary inspiration got here from a poem by John Giorno titled ‘You will need to burn to shine’”: a Buddhist proverb concerning the coexistence of life and dying, paying homage to the a lot older Greek fantasy of the phoenix, the immortal chicken that regenerates cyclically or is reborn otherwise. Related to the solar, the phoenix receives new life by resurrecting from the ashes of its predecessor.”

Lastly, the artist has taken under consideration works belonging to the Petit Palais, with which his personal are confronted right here. He has turned to anthropomorphic sculptures from the museum’s assortment to higher “contextualise” the nudes and surrounded the cylinder of burn to shine with 4 work by Eugène Carrière.

at Petit Palais, Paris
till January 8, 2023


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