Jeppe Hein, ‘Frequency Watercolours (D) #01 (100 x 100)’, 2013, Public Art Fund 2017 Spring Benefit

Operating through the lens of Relational Aesthetics, Jeppe Hein is the catalyst, but not the center, of his experiential artworks. Through a series of refracted reflections, his mirrored, minimalist installations facilitate the viewer’s transformation into the voyeur. His 2013 watercolor Frequency Watercolours (D) #01 (100 x 100) evokes a Pointillist looking glass, drawing the viewer towards a reflection that is unexpectedly blank. Hein is represented in the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Tate Modern in London. The artist has upcoming solo exhibitions at the KÖNIG GALLERIE, Berlin, and the SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Norway. In the spring of 2015, Hein created Please Touch the Art, a multi-part Public Art Fund outdoor installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park featuring 16 bright red “Modified Social Benches,” in which the artist reimagined park benches in fun, whimsical shapes.

Image rights: Jeppe Hein, König Galerie, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York, and

About Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein creates installations that challenge the traditional notion of the passive viewer. His site-specific works are conceptual, interactive, and often activated by their viewers, whether through casting reflections in a rotating mirror or being startled by artwork itself, as in Shaking Cube (2004), an aluminum box that trembles whenever approached. In Hein’s installations Mobile Mobile (2008) and Light Pavillion II (2010), parts of the works either rotate or light up when gallery staff or viewers pedal a power-generating bike.

Danish, b. 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark