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On the occasion of the 59th La Biennale di Venezia, the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista presents a major solo exhibition of work by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, entitled burn shine fly.

Curated by Javier Molins, burn shine fly is installed within the historic walls of one of the oldest and most important Scuole in Venice, with both iconic works by Rondinone as well as a new body of work created specifically for this exhibition.

Founded in 1261, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista sets before visitors the long and rich history of the city of Venice. Its walls have housed treasures ranging from relics of the True Cross to works by renowned Venetian Renaissance artists such as Titian, Carpaccio and Bellini. An imposing, sculptural stone gateway designed by 15th-century Venetian sculptor and architect, Pietro Lombardo, leads into this historic complex of buildings, transforming the street passage into an enclosed quadrangle, an intimate courtyard which leads to the church and the Scuola’s magnificent frescoed and painted rooms.

Additional information at: www.burnshinfly.com

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Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

Installation view, Ugo Rondinone, burn shine fly, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, 2022

“The sculptures in ‘burn shine fly’ aims to engender an altogether contemporary version of the sublime, one in which the smallest candle sculpture is of no less consequence than the overarching totality of the sun sculpture or the stellar marriage of the earthbound body with the waterfilled sky. The work should dazzle us and send us into a deep reflection about the marvels and mysteries of life.” - ugo rondinone

burn

still.life. (candles)

The candles belong to the group of still.life. sculptures from 2013, where I cast small everyday objects in bronze and fill the hollowness of the bronze cast with lead and place the sculpture directly on the floor. The notion of the lead reinforces the dense solidity which causes the candle to lock heavily onto the floor. Part of its sufficiency results from weight and scale; it looks distant rather than small. In establishing this distance, the candle literally puts a lot of ground between itself and the viewer, asserting its own presence, that of the empty and surrounding area, and that of the solidly horizontal place on which the candle rests.

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (beige candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (beige candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
11.5 x 8.5 x 7.5 cm / 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 3 in
RONDI38477

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (lapis candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (lapis candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
12 x 22 x 17 cm / 4 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 in
RONDI50914

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (russet candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (russet candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
17 x 22 x 19.5 cm / 6 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 7 5/8 in
RONDI50641

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (burnt umber candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (burnt umber candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
8 x 8 x 5.5 cm / 3 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in
RONDI48055

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (scarlet candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (scarlet candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
5.5 x 9 x 5.5 cm / 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in
RONDI50635

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (olive green candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (olive green candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
8 x 10 x 8 cm / 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/4 in
RONDI48071

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (soft pink candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (soft pink candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
5.5 x 9 x 5.5 cm / 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in
RONDI48057

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (canary yellow candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (canary yellow candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
8 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm / 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
RONDI48075

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (baby blue candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (baby blue candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
11.5 x 8.5 x 7.5 cm / 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 3 in
RONDI48066

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (neon orange candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (neon orange candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
14.5 x 7.5 x 8 cm / 5 3/4 x 3 x 3 1/8 in
RONDI38494

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (ivory candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (ivory candle)

2022
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
12.5 x 18.5 x 13.5 cm / 4 7/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in
RONDI54216

Inquire
UGO RONDINONE still.life. (light violet candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (light violet candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
17 x 22 x 19.5 cm / 6 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 7 5/8 in
RONDI48063

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UGO RONDINONE still.life. (warm yellow candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (warm yellow candle)

2022
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
9 x 22.5 x 18 cm / 3 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 7 1/8 in
RONDI54217

Inquire
UGO RONDINONE still.life. (beige candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (beige candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
11.5 x 8.5 x 7.5 cm / 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 3 in
RONDI38477

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (lapis candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (lapis candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
12 x 22 x 17 cm / 4 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 6 3/4 in
RONDI50914

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (russet candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (russet candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
17 x 22 x 19.5 cm / 6 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 7 5/8 in
RONDI50641

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (burnt umber candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (burnt umber candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
8 x 8 x 5.5 cm / 3 1/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in
RONDI48055

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (scarlet candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (scarlet candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
5.5 x 9 x 5.5 cm / 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in
RONDI50635

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (olive green candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (olive green candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
8 x 10 x 8 cm / 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/4 in
RONDI48071

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (soft pink candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (soft pink candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
5.5 x 9 x 5.5 cm / 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in
RONDI48057

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (canary yellow candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (canary yellow candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
8 x 11.5 x 9.5 cm / 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
RONDI48075

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (baby blue candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (baby blue candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
11.5 x 8.5 x 7.5 cm / 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 3 in
RONDI48066

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (neon orange candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (neon orange candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
14.5 x 7.5 x 8 cm / 5 3/4 x 3 x 3 1/8 in
RONDI38494

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (ivory candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (ivory candle)

2022
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
12.5 x 18.5 x 13.5 cm / 4 7/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in
RONDI54216

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (light violet candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (light violet candle)

2013
Cast bronze, lead paint
Unique
17 x 22 x 19.5 cm / 6 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 7 5/8 in
RONDI48063

UGO RONDINONE still.life. (warm yellow candle)

UGO RONDINONE
still.life. (warm yellow candle)

2022
Cast bronze, lead, paint
Unique
9 x 22.5 x 18 cm / 3 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 7 1/8 in
RONDI54217

shine

the sun  

I made the first sun sculpture for ‘voyage d’hiver,’ an outdoor exhibition at the Château de Versailles in 2017. The sun is made from pieces of branches knotted together, cast in bronze and gilded. The sun sculpture is not only an investigation of the mutable potential of sculpture as both a physical medium and a site of rich cultural disclosure in art, but also a celebration of life; its seasons and rhythms, its plants and stones with which we share the planet and our own wild life.

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UGO RONDINONE the sun III

UGO RONDINONE
the sun III

2021
Gilded bronze
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
500 x 538 x 82 cm / 196 7/8 x 211 3/4 x 32 1/4 in
RONDI50626

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fly

human clouds

In 2009, I made casts of 14 nude dancers in contemplative positions. The bodies were made with a mix of soil and transparent wax. The soil was sourced from all seven continents. Last year, I started a new video installation called ‘burn to shine’. Its shows 18 dancers dancing around a fire in the desert from sunset to sunrise. Similar to the Greek mythology of the phoenix, the immortal bird that cyclically regenerates, the dancers merge with the fire and obtain by sunrise a new life cycle.  The seven flying bodies are also casts of dancers. Their bodies are camouflaged as cloudy skies. The flying body-clouds mark the end of a trilogy where the human body merges with the natural elements: soil, fire, water, and air.

UGO RONDINONE CloudOne

UGO RONDINONE
CloudOne

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP 87 x 217 x 66 cm / 34 1/4 x 85 3/8 x 26 in
RONDI50627

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UGO RONDINONE CloudTwo

UGO RONDINONE
CloudTwo

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP 73 x
166 x 173 cm / 28 3/4 x 65 3/8 x 68 1/8 in
RONDI50628

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UGO RONDINONE CloudThree

UGO RONDINONE
CloudThree

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
138 x 114 x 59 cm / 54 3/8 x 44 7/8 x 23 1/4 in
RONDI50629

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UGO RONDINONE CloudFour

UGO RONDINONE
CloudFour

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
147 x 89 x 64 cm / 57 7/8 x 35 x 25 1/4 in
RONDI50909

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UGO RONDINONE CloudFive

UGO RONDINONE
CloudFive

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
164 x 89 x 75 cm / 64 5/8 x 35 x 29 1/2 in
RONDI50910

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UGO RONDINONE CloudSix

UGO RONDINONE
CloudSix

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
83 x 179 x 119 cm / 32 5/8 x 70 1/2 x 46 7/8 in
RONDI50911

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UGO RONDINONE CloudSeven

UGO RONDINONE
CloudSeven

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
86 x 162 x 95 cm / 33 7/8 x 63 3/4 x 37 3/8 in
RONDI50912

Inquire
UGO RONDINONE human clouds group

UGO RONDINONE
human clouds group

2022
Polyurethane, paint; 7 parts
Ed. 3/3 + 1 AP
Installation dimensions variable
RONDI54318

Inquire
UGO RONDINONE CloudOne

UGO RONDINONE
CloudOne

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP 87 x 217 x 66 cm / 34 1/4 x 85 3/8 x 26 in
RONDI50627

UGO RONDINONE CloudTwo

UGO RONDINONE
CloudTwo

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP 73 x
166 x 173 cm / 28 3/4 x 65 3/8 x 68 1/8 in
RONDI50628

UGO RONDINONE CloudThree

UGO RONDINONE
CloudThree

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
138 x 114 x 59 cm / 54 3/8 x 44 7/8 x 23 1/4 in
RONDI50629

UGO RONDINONE CloudFour

UGO RONDINONE
CloudFour

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
147 x 89 x 64 cm / 57 7/8 x 35 x 25 1/4 in
RONDI50909

UGO RONDINONE CloudFive

UGO RONDINONE
CloudFive

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
164 x 89 x 75 cm / 64 5/8 x 35 x 29 1/2 in
RONDI50910

UGO RONDINONE CloudSix

UGO RONDINONE
CloudSix

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
83 x 179 x 119 cm / 32 5/8 x 70 1/2 x 46 7/8 in
RONDI50911

UGO RONDINONE CloudSeven

UGO RONDINONE
CloudSeven

2022
Polyurethane, paint
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP
86 x 162 x 95 cm / 33 7/8 x 63 3/4 x 37 3/8 in
RONDI50912

UGO RONDINONE human clouds group

UGO RONDINONE
human clouds group

2022
Polyurethane, paint; 7 parts
Ed. 3/3 + 1 AP
Installation dimensions variable
RONDI54318