Subtle undertones, secret messages and erotic signals come to the surface when her works are shown in dialogue with a number of the great movie classics. This is the first major solo presentation in the Nordics of Roni Horn, one of the most influential and acclaimed artists of our time.
There is something very powerful about the work of the American artist Roni Horn (born 1955), one of the biggest names and most versatile talents in contemporary art. Seemingly razor-sharp and cool, it juxtaposes humans and landscape, permanence and changeability, obscurity and transparency in a flow of light, water and weather.
In many ways, Roni Horn stands out as a unique figure in contemporary art. She has exhibited at a wide range of the world’s leading museums and works in all media – photography, sculpture, drawing. She considers drawing to be her primary activity and the true foundation of her entire body of work. Additionally, she is a brilliant writer and has published many books.
A matter of identity
Roni Horn's work essentially revolves around identity. Who am I, what does my gender mean, what language is available for emotions, what is the order of nature versus that of humanity? Her questions are philosophical and fundamental, her answers are the concrete artworks - open to interpretation.
Works in series
Typically, Roni Horn works in series, which have widely different characters. Sculptures in coloured glass that appear to float but are extremely heavy. Mighty drawings that can resemble conceptual maps where narratives break into pieces. Enigmatic, tantalizing portraits – also of herself, also of bird heads. And throughout it all, there is a special intense relationship with literature – with poets such as Emily Dickinson and Anne Carson – and with Iceland!
In dialogue with the film
Roni Horn is also a bit of a film freak, and she draws on the language and means of film in her practice and her stories. Louisiana's exhibition uses this entrance as a key to unlock her often enigmatic work.
In the rooms, Horn's photography, drawing, and sculpture are thus presented together with film excerpts by masters such as Bergman, Dreyer, von Trier, Chabrol, and Hitchcock.
These juxtapositions not only make clear the profound influence of film art on Roni Horn’s art, but illustrate that it contains intense sexuality and preoccupation with the body, eroticism, and desire – something that is often completely hidden beneath the surfaces of the rigorous, conceptual imagery.