Ugo Rondinone

For every issue, Carnet de miart presents a newly commissioned, image-based contributions by artists, representing their interpretation of the topics discussed in the magazine. All images will be downloadable to be potentially used as desktop wallpaper: an ironic means of further investigating the meaning of installing the work of an artist in a private space—as on someone’s personal computer.

For the second issue of Carnet de miart, Ugo Rondinone decided to contribute with his work:

We Are Poems (2011)
Neon, perspex, translucent film, aluminium
1000 cm × 310 cm × 15 cm


Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964; Brunnen, CH) is an artist who has been working since the mid-1980s to create immersive and affectively charged meditations on the experiential qualities of the everyday. Drawing upon the subject of the dream and dream-states as well as the metaphysical nature of being in the world, Rondinone subtly crosses the borders between the personal and the universal while working in a broad range of media, including sculpture, photography, video, and drawing. Using stark installations stripped of narrative action, Rondinone deftly crafts scenarios in which the viewer is confronted with the primacy of one’s own existence and the fleeting charge of the present moment.

His work has most recently been the subject of solo exhibitions at MACRO Testaccio and Mercati di Traiano, Rome; The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, Massachusetts; Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France; and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2015 he conceived the exhibition “I Love John Giorno,” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; and curated “Artists and Poets” at Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria. In 2007 he represented Switzerland in the 52nd Venice Biennial. He currently lives and works in New York.