Rebecca Horn

German, b. 1944

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Rebecca Horn

German, b. 1944

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Since the early 1970s, Rebecca Horn has been transforming everything she touches—the body; natural and manmade objects; cultural spaces; and historical sites—into visions of the human condition full of pathos, absurdity, and exquisite beauty. She began her celebrated career while convalescing in a hospital bed, where she concocted her “body-extensions.” Composed of prosthetic bandages and padded protrusions, these wearable sculptures were vehicles through which Horn explored the fraught, funny relationship between the body and the world. Later, she began building kinetic sculptures, stand-ins for the body, whose delicate, awkward motions uncannily reflect human behavior. The consequences of human behavior, especially that of the Nazis, are the focus of Horn’s poetic installations at historical sites worldwide. Both personal and universal, Horn’s work begins from within: “I use my body, I use what happens to me, and I make something.”

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Biography

Since the early 1970s, Rebecca Horn has been transforming everything she touches—the body; natural and manmade objects; cultural spaces; and historical sites—into visions of the human condition full of pathos, absurdity, and exquisite beauty. She began her celebrated career while convalescing in a hospital bed, where she concocted her “body-extensions.” Composed of prosthetic bandages and padded protrusions, these wearable sculptures were vehicles through which Horn explored the fraught, funny relationship between the body and the world. Later, she began building kinetic sculptures, stand-ins for the body, whose delicate, awkward motions uncannily reflect human behavior. The consequences of human behavior, especially that of the Nazis, are the focus of Horn’s poetic installations at historical sites worldwide. Both personal and universal, Horn’s work begins from within: “I use my body, I use what happens to me, and I make something.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Rebecca Horn
Articles Featuring Rebecca Horn
Art History’s 8 Greatest Unicorns, from the Met Tapestries to Damien Hirst’s Taxidermy
Apr 16th, 2018
Art History’s 8 Greatest Unicorns, from the Met Tapestries to Damien Hirst’s Taxidermy
The Alchemy of Rebecca Horn: New Works at Galerie Thomas
Nov 28th, 2014
The Alchemy of Rebecca Horn: New Works at Galerie Thomas
Trending Designers at Design Miami/ Basel 2014
Jun 17th, 2014
Trending Designers at Design Miami/ Basel 2014
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