biography

Roni Horn was born in 1955 New York. She lives and works in New York City.

Horn’s artistic production, which spans for about forty years now, explores the changing nature of art through sculpture, works on paper, photography and books. Roni’s drawings focus on the materiality of the objects depicted, using also the written word at the basis of his drawings and other works. Horn creates complex relationships between the observer and his works, for example by placing a single piece on opposite walls, in communicating rooms or across a series of different spaces and buildings. Horn subverts the notion of “identical experience” by insisting that self-perception is determined by place in the “here-and-there” and by a time in the “now-and-then”. His works also combine the critical relationship between mankind and nature; a relationship similar to a mirror, in which we try to shape nature according to our image. Over the past fourty years, Roni Horn’s work has been intimately linked to particular photographs, the geology, climate and culture of Iceland.

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Roni Horn was born in 1955 New York. She lives and works in New York City.

Horn’s artistic production, which spans for about forty years now, explores the changing nature of art through sculpture, works on paper, photography and books. Roni’s drawings focus on the materiality of the objects depicted, using also the written word at the basis of his drawings and other works. Horn creates complex relationships between the observer and his works, for example by placing a single piece on opposite walls, in communicating rooms or across a series of different spaces and buildings. Horn subverts the notion of “identical experience” by insisting that self-perception is determined by place in the “here-and-there” and by a time in the “now-and-then”. His works also combine the critical relationship between mankind and nature; a relationship similar to a mirror, in which we try to shape nature according to our image. Over the past fourty years, Roni Horn’s work has been intimately linked to particular photographs, the geology, climate and culture of Iceland.

Roni Horn has had solo exhibitions in the following museums: Pola Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan (2021), Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France (2021); The Drawing Institute at the Menil Collection (2019); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2017); Glenstone, Potomac, United States (2017); Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, Switzerland (2016); Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (2014); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2011); Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2010); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2009); Rencontres d’Arles festival, Arles, France (2009); Tate Modern, London (2009); Tate Modern, London and Collection Lambert, Avignon (2008); Museion, Bolzano (2005), Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2004); Center Georges Pompidou, Paris (2003); Dia Center for the Arts, New York, and Museu Serralves, Porto (2001); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (1995). Group shows include: Whitney Biennial (1991, 2004); Documenta (1992); and the Venice Biennale (1997), among many others.

In 2004 she was a guest of Columbia University. In November 2009, the Whitney Museum of American Art inaugurated a survey exhibition on Horn’s work, entitled: “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn”; the exhibition has traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2010), the Tate Modern, London (25 February - 25 May 2009), and the Collection Lambertad Avignon (21 June - 4 October 2009).

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images

Dead Owl, v. 3, 2014-15

Ink jet on 100% rag paper

57,15 × 57,15 cm each

Hack Wit—armed bud, 2014

Watercolor, pen and ink, gum arabic on watercolor paper

55,88 x 39,37 cm

Hack Wit—iceberg in bud, 2014

Watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, gum arabic on watercolor paper

55,88 x 38,1 cm

Water Teller, No.2, 2011-2014

Digital-to-negative print on Fujiflex

74,93 × 49,53 cm

Water Teller, No.3, 2011-2014

Digital-to-negative print on Fujiflex

74,93 × 49,53 cm

Water Teller, No.4, 2011-2014

Digital-to-negative print on Fujiflex

74,93 × 49,53 cm

Untitled (Weather), 2010/2011

Inkjet / pigment print on paper: 5 B/W Prints, mounted on sintra

31,11 × 26,03 cm (each)

Untitled (Weather), 2010-2011

Inkjet / pigment print on paper: 6 color prints, mounted on sintra

31,11 x 26,03 cm

Untitled No.10, 1999

Two Iris-printed photographs

56 × 56 cm; 62 × 62 × 4 cm framed each

This is Me, This is You, 1998-2000

12 framed c-prints

31,75 x 26,03 cm each

Agua Viva: And when the..., 2004

Silkscreen on Sanuders hot press W/C 410 gr.

129,5 × 129,5 cm

Agua Viva : The tiniest piece..., 2004

Silkscreen on Sanuders hot press W/C 410 gr

129,5 x 129,5 cm

Doubt by Water (What), 2003-04

12 pigmented photographs, 6 two-sided units, 6 aluminum stanchions

42 × 56 cm

Next 5, 2004

Yellow-green pigments on paper with varnish

50,8 × 66,04 cm

And V, 1985

Green pigment and varnish on paper

105,3 × 125,7 cm

public exhibitions

Centro Pecci

Prato, Italy

Il giardino dell’arte. Opere, collezioni

27.3 – 24.7.2022

Photo: Ela Bialkowska OKNOstudio

Pola Museum of Art

Hakone, Japan

When You See Your Reflection in Water, Do You Recognize the Water in You?

18.9.2018 – 30.3.2022

Photo: Koroda Takeru © Roni Horn

Museo di Palazzo Pretorio

Prato, Italy

Hi Woman! La notizia del futuro

11.12.2021 – 27.3.2022

Courtesy Collezione Carmela Sanguedolce, l’artista e Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano. Foto Ivan D’Alì

Beyeler Foundation

Riehen

Silent Vision

15.2 – 15.11.2020

Photo: Mark Niedermann

La Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Rome

Joint is Out of Time

22.1.2019 – 3.11.2020

La Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Rome

Joint is Out of Time

22.1 – 3.11.2019

Photo: Serge Domingie Courtesy: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte moderna, Roma

La Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Rome

Joint is Out of Time

22.1 – 3.11.2019

Photo: Serge Domingie Courtesy: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte moderna, Roma

Hayward Gallery

London

Shape Shifters

6.9.2018 – 6.1.2019

Photo: Mark Blower

Pera Museum

Istanbul

Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the "la Caixa – Contemporary Art Collection

7.12.2017 – 11.3.2018

Glenstone

Potomac, Maryland

Roni Horn

1.3.2017 – 1.1.2018

Glenstone

Potomac, Maryland

Roni Horn

1.3.2017 – 1.1.2018

Glenstone

Potomac, Maryland

Roni Horn

1.3.2017 – 1.1.2018

Glenstone

Potomac, Maryland

Roni Horn

1.3.2017 – 1.1.2018

Fondation Beyeler

Basel

Roni Horn

1.10.2016 – 1.1.2017

Fondation Beyeler

Basel

Roni Horn

1.10.2016 – 1.1.2017

Castello di Rivoli

Rivoli-Torino

Roni Horn

21.4 – 21.6.2000

Photo: Paolo Pellion

Castello di Rivoli

Rivoli-Torino

Roni Horn

21.4 – 21.6.2000

Photo: Paolo Pellion

press

Roni Horn: Great Doubts

Kay Whitney

Sculpture Magazine

August 7, 2019

From One Reading to Another: What Has Emily Dickinson Made Me Experience...

Marjorie Micucci

Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin

May-June 2016

Miroslaw Balka and Roni Horn

Simone Menegoi

Artforum

January 17, 2013

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn

R. H. Lossin

The Brooklyn Rail

December 2009 - January 2010

Roni Horn

Raffaella Cortese

Paola Noé

Flash Art

November-December 2003

Weather Girls

An interview with Roni Horn

Collier Schorr

Frieze

January-February 1997

publications

Island Zombie: Iceland Writings

Roni Horn

Princeton University Press

Princeton, NJ

2020

Dogs' Chorus

Roni Horn

Steidl

Germany

2019

Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw

Michelle White

The Menil Collection

Houston

2019

The Rose Prblm

Roni Horn

Steidl Verlag

Göttingen

2017

Selected Gift

Roni Horn

Steidl

Germany

2016

Hack Wit

Roni Horn

Steidl

Germany

2015

Roni Horn: 153 Drawings

Edited by Michaela Unterdörfer. Text by Tacita Dean, Briony Fer

JRP Editions

Geneva

2013

Roni Horn

Edited by Ingvild Goetz, Larissa Michelberger, Rainald Schumacher

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2012

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn

Text by Briony Fer

Steidl Verlag

Göttingen

2009

Making being here enough – Installations from 1980 to 1995

Texts by Roni Horn and Thomas Kellein

Kunsthalle Basel

Basel

1995

video


Roni Horn: Saying Water

Recorded at the Two days art-festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in May 2012. Edited by Kamilla Bruus & Troels Kahl. Camera: Troels Kahl. Produced by Christian Lund, 2013. Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.


Roni Horn: Preview from Season 3 of Art in the Twenty-First Century

2005

From Art21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century series. Video courtesy Art21, art21.org, founded 1997.

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