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An image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone
Alternate image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone Alternate image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone Alternate image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone
Alternate image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone Alternate image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone Alternate image of what do you want? by Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone

(Switzerland 1964 – )

Title
what do you want?
Year
2002
Media categories
Time-based media, Installation
Materials used
wood, mirror, plaster, speakers, sound
Edition
2/2 + 1 AP
Dimensions

429.0 x 650.0 x 5.0 cm overall

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
247.2011.a-b
Copyright
© the artist
Location
Not on display
Further information

Spanning a broad array of material practices and media, Ugo Rondinone’s works are often unsettling and deal with themes of isolation and disenchantment. At once distinct and interrelated, the works installed in this room cross-pollinate, shaping a single narrative. The looped conversation of the wall and sound installation ‘what do you want?’ suggests a relationship permeated with miscommunication, doubt and loneliness. Coupled with this soundtrack, the reclining clown in ‘if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday’ appears bored and disaffected. In a similar vein of inversion and directionlessness, ‘all MOMENTS stop here and together we become every memory that has ever been.’ resembles a window, yet rather than opening onto a view, it reflects the interior space back onto itself in sombre black tones.

Bibliography (3)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Ugo Rondinone: our magic hour, Sydney, 2003.

Sophie Forbat (Editor), 40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, '2003 Ugo Rondinone', pg.192-203, Sydney, 2009, 196 (colour illus.). illustration is an installation view

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 314, 324-25 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Ugo Rondinone: Our Magic Hour, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 25 Jun 2003–31 Aug 2003