NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium, portioned coffee, is proud to announce Ugo Rondinone: Human Nature, Presented by Nespresso, an outdoor exhibition organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer that will transform Rockefeller Center for seven weeks, starting April 23 through June 7. Nine 16-foot-tall, human-shaped stone figures by the Swiss-born, New York-based artist will inhabit the plaza between 49th and 50th Streets, transporting visitors to another world.
Rondinone's visually-arresting, enormous stone figures are on view in Rockefeller Plaza where the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is displayed each year. Massive bluestone slabs have been rough-cut into blocks and stacked on top of each other to resemble the human form. The artist has largely left the rocks' surfaces as they were found—heavy and coarse, scored by quartz veins and marked by wind, weather, and erosion. The colossal figures will be free to the public and on display for visitors to explore, study, and wander amongst.
"As a brand rooted in innovation and design, we are constantly seeking inspiration through art and culture from all over the world," said Frederic Levy, President, Nespresso USA. "It is an honor to present Ugo Rondinone's Human Nature exhibit at Rockefeller Center and to be part of an event that so beautifully celebrates artistic expression and shares in our passion to inspire and be inspired."
"By supporting artists both locally and globally, we're able to deliver a distinctively sensorial dimension to the Nespresso brand experience for which we've always been known."
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Ugo Rondinone: Human Nature, Presented by Nespresso is on view in Rockefeller Center Plaza in Midtown Manhattan between Fifth & Sixth Avenues and 49th and 50th Streets.
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About Ugo Rondinone
Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964, Brunnen, Switzerland) lives and works in New York. For more than 20 years, he has worked in a diverse range of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture, to explore notions of emotional and psychic profundity found in the most banal elements of everyday life. Rondinone studied at Universitat fur angewandte Kunst, Vienna, from 1986-1990. He has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2010); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain (2009); Museo du Louvre, Paris (2009); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2008); Sculpture Center, New York (2008); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2006); Museum of Contermporary Art, Sydney (2003); Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2003); and Kunsthalle, Vienna (2002). In 2007, he represented Switzerland in the Venice Biennale. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.