if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday

Ugo Rondinone2000

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Spanning a broad array of material practices and media, Ugo Rondinone’s works are often unsettling and deal with themes of isolation and disenchantment. At once distinct and interrelated, the works installed in this room cross-pollinate, shaping a single narrative. The looped conversation of the wall and sound installation ‘what do you want?’ suggests a relationship permeated with miscommunication, doubt and loneliness. Coupled with this soundtrack, the reclining clown in ‘if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday’ appears bored and disaffected. In a similar vein of inversion and directionlessness, ‘all MOMENTS stop here and together we become every memory that has ever been’. resembles a window, yet rather than opening onto a view, it reflects the interior space back onto itself in sombre black tones.


  • Title: if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday
  • Creator: Ugo Rondinone
  • Creator Lifespan: 1963
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Brunnen, Switzerland
  • Date Created: 2000
  • Physical Dimensions: 52.5 x 212.0 x 92.0 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011 © Ugo Rondinone
  • Medium: fibreglass, paint, clothing
  • Artist Country: Switzerland

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