MACRO Testaccio in Rome displays the installation Vocabulary of Solitude by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The exhibition is part of the cycle giorni d’oro + notti d’argento (days of gold + nights of silver) consisting of two installations by Rondinone. The other installation can be seen at Mercati di Traiano in Rome.
Vocabulary of Solitude displays forty-five life-size clown figures, each in a different posture representing an everyday activity like shower, sleep, write, read and clean. Together they express the suffering of human solitude. The installation arrives for the first time in Italy, after the success in Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam, and afterwards will move on to the Bass Museum in Miami for the Art Basel.
Ugo Rondinone (1964) lives and works in New York. His work revolves around visions linked to fantasy and desire, not devoid of bright, playful and surreal aspects. He has exhibited in the major contemporary art museums of the world, from the New Museum in New York to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen.