Artists and Poets, Exhibition view, Secession 2015, Photo: Jorit Aust

Artists and Poets

Justin Matherly, Bob Law, Michaela Eichwald, Giorgio Griffa, Fritz Panzer, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Heimo Zobernig, Donald Evans, Andra Ursuta, Michael Williams, Fritz Hartlauer, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Andrew Lord, Gustav Klimt, John Giorno

Curated by Ugo Rondinone

February 12 – April 12, 2015

poets and artists express a view of the world as a collage of passing fragments.
there is no bigger picture or a linear logic here, only transitory images and words,
seen as if rushing past the windows of a train.
(Ugo Rondinone)

Ugo Rondinone is not only one of the most successful Swiss artists working today; in recent years, he has also made a name for himself with curatorial projects that he conceives primarily as an extension of his artistic practice.

After the third mind (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2007) and the spirit level (Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2011), Artists and Poets is Rondinone’s third exhibition dedicated to a wide-ranging exploration of the relationship between visual art and lyric poetry and the articulation of his conviction that the arts possess a spiritual and transcendental power. Rondinone takes it for granted that “art” and “poetry” naturally go together, emphasizing what both lines of work have in common: he firmly believes that creativity, whether it takes the form of a poem, a sculpture, or a painting, can affect us deeply.


Ugo Rondinone, born in Brunnen (Switzerland) in 1964, lives and works in New York City.