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

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

Revolving around human bodies in speak to with the aspects and character, these functions are in maintaining with the numerous people of is effective generated by the artist due to the fact the late 1980s. Earth, sky, air, drinking water and hearth, related with beings at relaxation or in movement, are invoked in the fulness of their religious
dimension.

The very first ensemble, humansky, welcomes people and immediately underlines the melding of becoming and the factors: 7 moulded, suspended bodies embellished with a blue cloud-dotted sky “camouflage” confronting readers with drinking water and air.

The next team, traditionally the source of this trilogy, consists of nudes. Designed from a mix of clear wax and earth collected from seven continents, these sculptures also have a “camouflage” look stemming from the mixing of their non-homogeneous elements. They depict the bodies of male and female dancers seated and at rest. Made on a human scale, these nudes feel sensible at very first, right up until the customer, coming nearer, discovers their clearly artificial component, specifically obvious at the junction of their limbs with their bodies. These sculptures are so “paradoxical” in their compliance with the Rondinone aesthetic: he plays on the “opposition” amongst what is predicted of a dancer, and the pose he would make each a person presume. Banishing any choreographed gesture and any reference to the stage house, these motionless, withdrawn bodies feel to have come to be a single with mother nature, intensely concentrated and shed in a meditative condition.

From 1 ensemble to the upcoming visitors witness a system of bodies in mutation: transferring from the ethereal suspension of humansky to the quasi-lethargy of the nudes, the bodies are “reborn” in the film burn off to glow, whose presentation at the Petit Palais is a world premiere. The movie is projected onto 6 screens inside of a cylindrical space created of charred wooden and forming a circle, a recurring geometric determine for the artist. The body is in movement right here: 12 percussionists and 18 male and feminine dancers are collected all over a fireplace in the desert. Combining an ancestral trance from the Maghreb with the gestures of a contemporary dance conceived with the assistance of Franco-Moroccan choreographer Fouad Boussouf, they unite with character from sunset till dawn, when the solar rises yet again.

The cylinder’s wood slats exclude any view of the outdoors they suggest a route to follow. Given that the beginning of his profession, Ugo Rondinone has deemed it required to develop an enclosed “isolated” natural environment facilitating dialogue with character. For this reason the significance for him of presentation gambits attenuating the existence of the bordering city landscape. The filters on the windows—when the sunlight goes down and the moon arrives up—in the sculpture gallery and the north pavilion are portion of this quest and remind us higher than all that each and every of Rondinone’s exhibitions is inherently a operate of artwork in its very own right.

According to the artist, the connection between the very first two teams and burn up to shine is a wish for transformation: “The first inspiration came from a poem by John Giorno titled ‘You must melt away to shine’”: a Buddhist proverb about the coexistence of daily life and death, reminiscent of the considerably older Greek fantasy of the phoenix, the immortal hen that regenerates cyclically or is reborn in a unique way. Involved with the sun, the phoenix receives new daily life by resurrecting from the ashes of its predecessor.”

And lastly, the artist has taken into account works belonging to the Petit Palais, with which his personal are confronted here. He has turned to anthropomorphic sculptures from the museum’s collection to greater “contextualise” the nudes and surrounded the cylinder of burn to glow with 4 paintings by Eugène Carrière.

at Petit Palais, Paris
until finally January 8, 2023