September 14, 2006 - Galleria Civica di Modena - Ugo Rondinone / Yayoi Kusama
September 14, 2006

Ugo Rondinone / Yayoi Kusama

Ugo Rondinone, When The Water Went South For The Winter It Carried Us Down Like Storm Driven Gulls. Out Of Reach Until Its Magic We Are Crossing Our Own Stony Ocean. Across Dark Stream Of Shooting Stars. We Sail Into Pleasure And Unload Our Spacious Soul. Everything Gets Lighter Everyone Is Light, 2003, cast resin, semi-transparent, Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich & Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples & Matthew Marks Gallery New York

Ugo Rondinone. Giorni felici,
Palazzo Santa Margherita, Canalgrande 103, Modena (Italy)

Yayoi Kusama. Metamorphosis,
Palazzina dei Giardini, Canalgrande, Modena (Italy)

15th Sept 2006 – 7th Jan 2007

Opening 16th september 2006, 12pm

info tel 39 059 203 2919/2940

galcivmo [​at​]

After his participation in the group show EGOmania, Ugo Rondinone makes his return to the Galleria Civica di Modena with a solo exhibition entitled giorni felici, curated by Milovan Farronato with Angela Vettese. The exhibition presents a series of new works some of which created especially for this show.

Ugo Rondinone has been defined as a visionary artist trapped in reality. In fact, through his articulate production in which styles and media are deliberately combined, his poetics allow us to access his inner-most worlds, dominated by melancholy and resignation, leading us along a similar path of inner self-analysis.

The exhibition is split into five stages which correspond to just as many moments of an existential journey, or rather to just as many chapters of the story of ones life. Also in this case, a range of media is used and the works are set out to reflect five different environments each of which is dominated by a particular colour: starting with white, we move on through blue, red black to end with silver. Each reflects perhaps a psychological state, or a temperament, or even a season of life.

Special guest: John Giorno will perform during the opening day inside Ugo Rondinones show.


The Galleria Civica of Modena opens the first solo exhibition in an Italian museum of Yayoi Kusama, the most important living Japanese artist.

The Exhibition Yayoi Kusama. Metamorphosis, curated by Angela Vettese with Milovan Farronato, is designed by the artist herself with environment installations as well as paintings and object sculptures: the spectators will walk through an environment full of coloured dots of light: this is certainly one way of showing just how dazzling a simple domestic space can be, and therefore, just how estranged the things we consider nearest to us may become; or through a room full of bio-morphous shapes forming an amusing labyrinth which then leads to the paintings in which the artist maniacally draws little circles or fills in boxes, shoes and other unlikely containers with unsettling little shapes, like micro-organisms besieging us, or like tiny excrescence growing out of control.

The key topics on which the exhibition is based, as are the entire works of the artist are therefore the love/hate relationship with control, but also manual work and creativity in general as an antidote to anxiety.


Production and Organization: Galleria Civica di Modena and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
tuesday-friday 10.30am/1pm 4pm/18pm, saturday, sunday and holidays 10.30am/6pm
closed on monday
15th, 16th, 17th september, during festivalfilosofia the exhibitions will be open fom 9am to 11pm

Galleria Civica di Modena
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