Roni Horn

11 MAY – 27 OCTOBER

MENORCA

The acclaimed New York-based artist Roni Horn, awarded the Joan Miró Prize in 2013 and known for her conceptually oriented work in diverse media, presents her first solo exhibition in Menorca, featuring a selection of sculptures and installations that interact with the historical gallery spaces and natural surroundings.

EXPLORE THE EXHIBITION

Although varied in medium, all works derive from longstanding themes that have propelled Horn’s ongoing poetic study on the protean nature of identity, meaning and perception. An ambitious installation of solid cast glass sculptures invites visitors to witness the interplay between light and weather in the South Galleries. Additionally, the exhibition features pieces inspired by the verses of Emily Dickinson and works in gold and copper from important series which the artist has worked on since the 1990s.

At the heart of the exhibition lies ‘Untitled (“A witch is more lovely than thought in the mountain rain.”)’, a compelling collection of nine round sculptures made from solid cast glass. Horn started exploring and working on cast-glass sculptures in the mid-1990s, with a process consisting of pouring coloured molten glass into a mould, which gradually hardens over the course of several months. The resulting sculpture is highly textural: its sides are rough with the impression of the mould in which it was cast, while its fire-polished top is smooth and glossy, resembling a crystalline pool of water.

‘What fascinates me has a lot to do with the essence of something that has one appearance but is really something completely different.’—Roni Horn

Uncertainty and ambiguity permeate Horn’s work, evident in the seemingly watery surface of the cast-glass sculptures as well as in ‘Black Asphere’, a solid copper work which appears to the eye as a ball or ‘a sphere’. The term ‘asphere’ refers to the fact that it is not symmetrical in one axis. Horn has described the work as ‘a self-portrait’, linked to the artist’s experience of androgyny and resistance to binary labels.

Duality serves as another thematic tool explored through Horn’s investigations of ambiguity and paradox, as seen in the ‘Pair Objects’ series in copper and stainless steel as well as ‘a.k.a’, which features paired portraits of the artist through time. In these, the pairing of potentially identical objects delves into the complexities of identity and unity, difference and duplication. In the Menorca exhibition, the pure gold sculpture ‘Double Mobius, v. 2’, presents two ribbons in the form of a Möbius strip, a geometrical form that appears to be two sided, but only has one side. The piece strips away the layers of cultural significance associated with gold and allows visitors to experience the actual material, in the shape of a strip denoting both intimacy and infinity.

Literature plays an important role in Horn’s practice and the artist makes literary references both in work titles as well in the works themselves. Sculptures from Horn’s ‘Key and Cue’ series feature the first lines of poems by Emily Dickinson, to whom Horn has dedicated various bodies of work. In the series ‘Key and Cue,’ Horn uses the verses as self-contained statements across the four faces of the bar, refusing to be seen or read all at once. In these pieces, Horn renders the text as images, encouraging us to think about language as sculpture, and hence removed from its meaning.

Roni Horn International Exhibitions

GIVE ME PARADOX OR GIVE ME DEATH

MUSEUM LUDWIG

23 MARCH – 11 AUGUST 2024

THE DETOUR OF IDENTITY

LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

2 MAY – 1 SEPTEMBER 2024

RONI HORN

NEW YORK, WOOSTER STREET

4 APRIL – 28 JUNE 2024

ON VIEW IN MENORCA

‘Roni Horn’ and ‘Chillida in Menorca’ are on view now through 27 October 2024 at Hauser & Wirth Menorca.

À propos de l’artiste

Roni Horn

Roni Horn’s work consistently generates uncertainty to thwart closure in her work. Important across her oeuvre is her longstanding interest to the protean nature of identity, meaning, and perception, as well as the notion of doubling; issues which continue to propel Horn’s practice.

Inquire about other available works by Roni Horn

Current Exhibitions