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Breathe, Walk, Die

Breathe, Walk, Die

Ugo Rondinone (in 2014)

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  • hasan asked

    hi, i visited rotterdam few days ago, i saw the sentence breathe walk die, but i didnt understand the meaning ,could you help me understand that

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dag Hasan,

    This artwork by Ugo Rondinone was visible for a long time on top of the museum. It thus takes a rather prominent place within the city. This is not the only of such 'arches' the artist has made and they always feature a few words like this. The meaning is personal to everyone, but other artworks say for example 'everyone gets lighter' or 'our magic hour'. In my opinion the artist wants to make you stop when walking through a city and think.



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Title Breathe, Walk, Die
Material and technique Aluminium, neon, plexiglas, translucent foil
Object type
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 3430 mm
Width 8111 mm
Depth 145 mm
Artists Maker: Ugo Rondinone
Accession number BEK 1974 a-n (MK)
Credits Purchased with the support of FriendsLottery, 2016
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2016
Creation date in 2014
Internal exhibitions Ugo Rondinone - Vocabulary of Solitude (2016)
Boijmans Ahoy, drive-thru museum (2020)
External exhibitions Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)

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Ugo Rondinone

Brunnen 1962

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