Rebecca Horn

Rebecca Horn is one of the most important artists of the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century. This multidisciplinary artist mainly works with installations, performance, cinema, photography and drawings. Her early work (1970s) is rather radical as well as socially and politically loaded. Her famous performances explore her obsession with the imperfect human body and the balance between figure, object and space. In her youth she was marked by a traumatic disease that influenced her first years of artistic activity, when Horn mainly drew on paper due to her physical limitations. In the 1980s she replaced the human body with kinetic installations that offer powerful visual plays through mirrors, lens, lights and music, using elements such as violins, suitcases, batons, ladders, pianos, feather fans, metronomes, small metal hammers, black water basins, spiral drawing machines and large funnels. Her installations are conceived to be staged in specific places of historical and political significance. Sex, desire, mysticism, poetry and music (she collaborates regularly with musician Hayden Chisholm) materialise through works that reveal her incredible scientific and technological skills.

She has received a large number of awards, including the Documenta Preis (Kassel, 1986), Carnegie Prize by Carnegie International (Pittsburgh, 1988), the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Award (New York, 2004), the Praemium Imperiale Prize for Sculpture by the Japan Art Association (Japan, 2010) and the Grande Médaille des Arts Plastiques by Académie d'Architecture de Paris (2011). Her works have been displayed in venues such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1993), the Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin, 1994), Tate Gallery London (1994), Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art (Palma, 2004), Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, 2005), Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin, 2006) or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokio (2009). Her works are part of the most important collections displayed at museums such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), the Tate Collection (London), Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.

In 2009, Rebecca Horn carried out a joint project with Jannis Kounellis. The project, called Aigüestortes, was an exhibition designed to mark the 40th anniversary of Pelaires Gallery. This project was the result of a unique collaborative work between two top artists of international contemporary art who ended up working very closely after their first encounter at the 1972 Documenta exhibition in Kassel.  

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Michelstadt, Germany, 1944

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