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Untitled (Weather), 2010-11, seks stk. (detalje). Courtesy: kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth. © Roni Horn

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.

Roni Horns massive, støbte glasfigurer udstillet hos Hauser & Wirth, New York, 2013. Foto: Genevieve Hanson. © Roni Horn

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 læser op på Art Alive festivalen på Louisiana i 2016

Untitled ("The sensation of longing for an eclipse of the moon"). Massivt støbt glas med råstøbte overflader. 2013. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Erhvervet med midler fra Ny Carlsbergfondet og Preben K. Nielsen

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.

Untitled, No. 16, 2018. Pigment prints, to stk. Foto: Ron Amstutz. Courtesy kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn

Works in series

Dead Owl, 1997. Iris-printede fotos, to stk. Courtesy: kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn

a.k.a. Inkjet print på kludepapir, 15 fortløbende par, 2008-2009. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Courtesy kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn

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!

Brink of Infinity, 1991/97. Photograph printed with offset lithography on paper. Courtesy kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn

In dialogue with the film

The exhibition shows excerpts from film classics to present new interpretations of Horn's work.

Doubt by Water (How), 12 two-sided pigment printed prints in plastic sleeves on aluminum stanchions (detail). Foto: Nagare Satoshi. Courtesy kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth. © Roni Horn

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.

Hidden desires

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.

The Detour of Identity, 1984-85. Gouache på papir/pap. Courtesy: kunstneren og Hauser & Wirth. © Roni Horn

The exhibition, entitled The Detour of Identity, showcases examples of key works from throughout Roni Horn’s career.