Ugo Rondinone

everyone gets lighter

Helsinki Festival and Kunsthalle Helsinki are delighted to present the first solo exhibition by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone in Finland. The exuberantly colourful exhibition will focus on Vocabulary of Solitude, a meditative installation of cast clowns in a multitude of everyday poses. The hyper-realistic clowns are of different genders and ethnic backgrounds. Collectively, they form a ‘day in the life’ portrait narrated through 45 different activities.

Rondinone (b. 1964) works across a wide range of contemporary mediums including sculpture, painting, audio, video and photography. He combines conceptualism with elements of Pop Art, reflecting on everyday events that often convey a contemplative, existential dimension. During a career spanning nearly 40 years, Rondinone has held numerous solo exhibitions at venues including the Centre Pompidou, New York’s New Museum, and Rome’s Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO). Rondinone represented Switzerland at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Kunsthalle Helsinki

Nervanderinkatu 3

Kunsthalle Helsinki

tue, thu, fri kl 11–18
wed kl 11–20
sat–sun kl 11–17

Tickets 12/8 € or Museum card
Under 18 years free entry
Sat 17.8. – Sun 17.11.


No disabled parking.
Disabled access: Accessible entrance via the inner courtyard at Ainonkatu 3.
Disabled toilet.
Reception/Front of House Manager:  040 450 7211.
Buggies and baby carriers available on loan from the box office.