Ugo Rondinone, Vocabulary of Solitude; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

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As a child i didn’t trust clowns.

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That feeling didn’t change ever since.

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It also made me reluctant to visit Ugo Rondinone’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands in Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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However, I must admit I have to adjust my feelings, as indeed, Rondinone’s show Vocabulary of Solitude is quite impressive.

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Each clown is sitting or lying on the floor, its gaze inward.

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This is much more than the usual sentimental, crying clowns. This is a real image of solitude.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Contents of the pictures courtesy Ugo Rondinone, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

 

Bertus Pieters

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