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Roni Horn at the Fondation Beyeler

7 October, 2016

The Fondation Beyeler dedicates its new exhibition to the US artist Roni Horn (*1955 in New York). Running from Sunday, 2nd October 2016 the exhibition features outstanding work groups and series from the past twenty years.

The photographic installations, works on paper, and sculptures made of cast glass displayed in the six rooms devoted to the show can be experienced as a coherent installation.

The exhibition “Roni Horn” has been developed in close cooperation with the artist for the space at the Fondation Beyeler. Several new works are being presented for the first time.

Roni Horn a.k.a., 2008-2009 (detail) Ink jet prints on rag paper, 30 paired photographs, 38.1 x 33 cm each Private collection © Roni Horn Photo: Hermann Feldhaus
Roni Horn a.k.a., 2008-2009 (detail) Ink jet prints on rag paper, 30 paired photographs, 38.1 x 33 cm each Private collection © Roni Horn Photo: Hermann Feldhaus

Roni Horn’s media-diverse art focuses on the idea of identity. In her works, Horn succeeds in subtly exploring fixed attributions and in emphasizing ephemerality and diversity. They show how the essence of things can differ from their visual appearance. It is therefore no coincidence that she uses materials like glass or subjects like water or weather, which are multifaceted and have a form and natural state that are subject to change. Her ideas take on visible forms centered on the experiences they enable. Her playful approach to language and literature endows the images she creates with an even broader range of meaning.

Roni Horn has travelled regularly to Iceland since 1975. The uniquely rugged landscape, the extremely changeable weather conditions, and the country’s remoteness are her main sources of inspiration: “Big enough to get lost on. Small enough to find myself.” The curator of the exhibition is Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator at the Fondation Beyeler.

With “Roni Horn. Fokus”, a series of guided tours will accompany the exhibition. Experts from different fields will focus on selected works in the exhibition “Roni Horn”, highlighting key aspects such as identity, language, water, and perception.

The show is open till 1st January 2017

Top Image: Roni Horn  Water Double, v.1, 2013-2015  Solid cast glass with as-cast surfaces, 131.3 x 134.6-142.2 cm tapered diameter each  Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth  Photo: Genevieve Hanson


7 October, 2016
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Fondation Beyeler
Baselstrasse 77
Basel, 4125 Switzerland
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