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Rebecca Horn

Spanning six decades, the multimedia oeuvre of Rebecca Horn (b. 1944, Germany) deals with the theme of existence, and the blurring of boundaries between nature and culture, technology and biological capital, and the human and the non-human. Whether one describes the artist as an inventor, director, author, composer, or poet, she sees herself first and foremost as a choreographer. Horn describes her artistic practice as carefully calculated relationships of space, light, physicality, sound, and rhythm, which come to­gether to form an ensemble. In her performative, sculptural, and film works, the acts of becoming a machine, becoming an animal, or becoming the Earth present life as a visible, tangible, and audible existence that can be experienced through the body.

The exhibition “Rebecca Horn” is focused on performativity, from the artist’s earliest works to her most recent productions. Horn uses the idea of incorporation to create corporeal interconnectedness, from the first works on paper in the 1960s and the early performances and films of the 1970s, through to the mechanical sculptures of the 1980s, and the spacial installations of the 1990s to the present. Virtuously interwoven references to literature, art history, and film run throughout her body of work. Horn’s practice is a lifelong and topical exploration in the decentralisation of humanity.