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Carsten Höller

Belgian, b. 1961

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Carsten Höller

Belgian, b. 1961

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Biography

Using his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, Carsten Höller's primary concerns relate to the nature of human perception and self-exploration. He has undertaken many projects that invite viewer participation and interaction while questioning human behavior, perception, and logic. His “laboratory of doubt,” embodied in objects ranging from carousels and slippery slides to upside-down goggles, often contains playful, hallucinatory or darkly humorous overtones in order to provoke experience and reflection. With his photographic prints of Ferris Wheels, merry-go-rounds, and roller coasters where the colors have been 'displaced' so as to create images that refuse to register; or his "flicker films" shot from multiple perspectives and projected sequentially to create a sense of movement; or a crop of magic mushrooms hanging upside-down from the ceiling, Höller aims to disorient and by doing so, stimulate precognitive moments of pure sensation.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 9 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 11 more
Biography

Using his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, Carsten Höller's primary concerns relate to the nature of human perception and self-exploration. He has undertaken many projects that invite viewer participation and interaction while questioning human behavior, perception, and logic. His “laboratory of doubt,” embodied in objects ranging from carousels and slippery slides to upside-down goggles, often contains playful, hallucinatory or darkly humorous overtones in order to provoke experience and reflection. With his photographic prints of Ferris Wheels, merry-go-rounds, and roller coasters where the colors have been 'displaced' so as to create images that refuse to register; or his "flicker films" shot from multiple perspectives and projected sequentially to create a sense of movement; or a crop of magic mushrooms hanging upside-down from the ceiling, Höller aims to disorient and by doing so, stimulate precognitive moments of pure sensation.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 9 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 11 more
Shows Featuring Carsten Höller
Articles Featuring Carsten Höller
The Art World’s New Pre-Hong Kong Destination
Mar 24th, 2018
The Art World’s New Pre-Hong Kong Destination
Carsten Höller on Why Adults Should Take Slides Seriously
Feb 19th, 2018
Carsten Höller on Why Adults Should Take Slides Seriously
Clear Your Mind in These Meditative Spaces Created by Famous Artists
Jul 22nd, 2017
Clear Your Mind in These Meditative Spaces Created by Famous Artists
From Picasso to Noguchi, 11 Artists Who Designed Spectacular Playgrounds
Feb 23rd, 2017
From Picasso to Noguchi, 11 Artists Who Designed Spectacular Playgrounds
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