Maestro is on the ropes
Federer also cuts a fine figure as a work of art
Roger Federer was featured at the Biennale last year. But the Maestro was not there as a visitor. The Swiss acted as part of an exhibition.
Published: 01/26/2023 at 13:59
Updated: 01/26/2023 at 14:01
Roger Federer and Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone met through a mutual friend.
From a sporting point of view, 2020 was one to forget for Roger Federer (41). During this time, the Basel bidder had to have an operation on his right knee twice and only played a handful of games on the tour. He uses his unplanned free time to devote himself to his passion, art.
Federer as part of a work of art
The tennis star, who has since retired, met the world-famous Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone (58) through a mutual friend. At the time he was working on a large-scale exhibition for the international art exhibition Biennale in Venice.
Rondinone’s artwork “Cloud Six” depicts six people in flight disguised as clouds. The artist unceremoniously asked Federer to act as one of the six models – and the Maestro agreed.
The floating maestro
A documentary film by Federer’s partner Credit Suisse and the American media company NBC Universal accompanied the Basel bidder in his final years as a tennis pro until his retirement from the Laver Cup last year.
It shows the process of how the 41-year-old became a work of art. Federer’s body had to be scanned for his model. For this, the Swiss floated around in a white room tied to ropes. Except for a bathing cap and panties, he wore nothing.
Get out of the comfort zone
For Federer, who had already experienced a lot in his career, this was a first: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with both Ugo Rondinone and Credit Suisse, because I admire the world of art for a long time,” he enthuses about the joint project with the Swiss artist.
“This new experience gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to learn about the intricate processes involved in creating art.” Federer’s model was featured in Rondinone’s “burn shine fly” exhibition at the 2022 Biennale. (mab)
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