Ugo Rondinone:
I ❤ John Giorno
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

21 October, 2015 – 10 January, 2016

Created by the Swiss-born mixed-media artist Ugo Rondinone (born 1964), this interesting exhibition is presented as a love declaration to the American poet that was a key figure of the American underground scene of the 60’s, John Giorno (born 1936). Rondinone tried, with the help of Florence Ostende – curator of the exhibition, to capture spirituality thanks to the connection between art and poetry. Giorno’s literary background was very connected to visual art, performance and music; he was a significant influence to many different kind of artists and their disciplines. This exhibition at Palais de Tokyo is a retrospective, to make the public to understand better the dual influence that inspired the Poet itself: the American culture and the Buddhism religion. In 1968 John invented “Dial-A-Poem” which was a telephone service that gave access to poems, and everything that he considered sound artworks. Giorno’s main goal was always to make poetry accessible for everybody; he developed different strategies with the intent of sharing his work with as many people as possible.