born in Michelstadt, Germany, in 1944
lives in Berlin and Paris
Since the beginning of the 1970s, Rebecca Horn has been creating an oeuvre which constitutes an ever-growing flow of performances, films, sculptures, spatial installations, drawings and photographs. The essence of their imagery comes out of the tremendous precision of the physical and technical functionality she uses to stage her works each time within a particular space. In the first performances, the body-extensions, she explores the equilibrium between body and space. In later works she replaces the human body with kinetic sculptures which take on their own life. Her new works define and cut through spaces with reflections of mirrors, light and music.
The objects used and specially made for her installations such as violins, suitcases, batons, ladders, pianos, feather fans, metronomes, small metal hammers, black water basins, spiral drawing machines and huge funnels together build the elements for kinetic sculptures that are liberated from their defined materiality and continuously transposed into ever-changing metaphors touching on mythical, historical, literary and spiritual imagery.
Rebecca Horn's work is bound together by a consistency in logic; each new work appears to develop stringently from the preceding one. Elements may be readdressed, yet appear in totally different, divergent contexts. What is unique and continuously new about the work of this artist is that each single installation is a step towards breaking down completely the boundaries of space and time, opening up crevices to a universe, the existence of which we can only sense.
Rebecca Horn studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg and at Saint Martins College of Art, London. From 1972 until 1981 she lives in New York. In 1974 she teaches at the California Art Institute, University of San Diego and in 1989 begins teaching at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. Rebecca Horn had numerous solo-exhibitions amongst at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1990) and the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover (1991 and 1997), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (both in 1993), at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Kunsthalle, Vienna, The Tate Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery, London (all in 1994). She has been awarded numerous awards, e.g. the ´documenta-Preis´ (1986), the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award (2004), the ´Piepenbrock Preis für Skulptur´ (2006), the ´Alexej von Jawlensky-Preis der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden´ (2007).