Rebecca Horn  (German, 1944) 

Rebecca Horn (German, b.1944) is an artist, film director, and poet best known for various types of body sculptures and modifications. Horn is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the Kinetic movement style of art. Horn was born in Michelstadt, Germany, and quickly developed a virtual obsession with drawing, using it as a medium of communication that was much less limiting than the spoken word. In 1968, contrary to her parent's wishes, Horn enrolled in the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts for a year, until she was pulled out due to a case of serious lung poisoning from her unprotected work with glass fiber. Following a year in a hospital for treatment, Horn struggled with her infirmity and the resulting inability to work with her favored mediums of polyester and fiberglass. This prompted her to work with softer materials such as colored pencils, which remained her favorite drawing medium throughout her entire life.

Horn began to produce body sculptures in 1968, which resulted in several of the pieces for which she is most famous. Einhorn (1972) depicted her with a long horn attached to her head and was presented in a performance piece to the exhibition Documenta. Another of her most well-known pieces, Pencil Mask (1972), consisted of a facial mask made of vertical and horizontal straps with pencils attached where the straps intersected. Horn also produced many sculptures, which included the pieces Cockfeather Mask (1973), Paradise Widow (1975), and The Feathered Prison Fan (1978). Horn eventually began to work as a director in film and produced her first feature-length film in 1978. Throughout her career as a director, many of her films depicted her earlier sculptures and other work presented with a narrative.

Many pieces of Horn's work have been included in various exhibitions, including her first solo exhibition in 1973. In 1993, her work was showcased in a traveling exhibition mounted by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with presentations in Vienna, London, and Berlin. Horn's work can be seen in many collections around the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tate Gallery in London. She has received many prestigious awards throughout her career as an artist, which include the Carnegie Prize in 1988 and the Kaiserring Goslar in 1992. Horn lives and works in Berlin and Paris.

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Rebecca Horn, El Calvario


Rebecca Horn
El Calvario

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Rebecca Horn, Medusa


Rebecca Horn

Elisabetta Cipriani Jewellery by Contemporary Artists
Rebecca Horn, Neshapour


Rebecca Horn

Elisabetta Cipriani Jewellery by Contemporary Artists
Rebecca Horn, Neshapour


Rebecca Horn

Elisabetta Cipriani Jewellery by Contemporary Artists
Rebecca Horn, Neshapour


Rebecca Horn

Elisabetta Cipriani Jewellery by Contemporary Artists
Rebecca Horn, Japan - painting the house II


Rebecca Horn
Japan - painting the house II

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Rebecca Horn, Rotation im Kreuzwind


Rebecca Horn
Rotation im Kreuzwind

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Rebecca Horn, Medusa


Rebecca Horn

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Rebecca Horn, Ravens Golden Sea


Rebecca Horn
Ravens Golden Sea

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Rebecca Horn, New York Series (triptych)


Rebecca Horn
New York Series (triptych), 1997
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Rebecca Horn, Eclipse of the moon (diptych)


Rebecca Horn
Eclipse of the moon (diptych), 1993
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Rebecca Horn, Ocean Fire


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Ocean Fire, 2001
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1944   Born in Michelstadt, Germany
1963   Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Hamburg, Germany
1971   St. Martin’s School of Art, London
  2005 Hans-Molfenter-Preis, Stuttgart, Germany.
  2004 Barnett and Analee Newman Award, New York.
  1992 Trägerin des Kaiserring der Stadt Goslar and the Medienkunstpreis Karlsruhe, Germany
  1988 Carnegie Prize; The Hydra Forest, Performing Oscar Wilde, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, PA.
  1986 Documenta-Preis (Arnold Bode), Kassel, Germany.
  1979 Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße, Bremen, Germany.
  1977 Kunstpreis Glockengasse, Cologne, Germany.
  1975 Deutscher Kritikerpreis for film Berlin -- Exercises in Nine Parts: Dreaming Under Water of Things Afar.
  1971-72 DAAD Fellowship, St. Martin's School of Art, London, England.
  2011 Grande Médaille des Arts Plastiques 2011, France
  2010 Hessischer Kulturpreis, Germany
  2010 Premium Imperiale, Japan
  2009 Alice Salomon Poetik Preis, Berlin, Germany
  2007 Alexej von Jawlensky-Preis der Landeschauptstadt Wiesbaden
  2006 Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture, Berlin, Germany
  Lives and works in Berlin and Paris.
2011   Ravens Gold Rush, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
2010   Rebecca Horn – The Surreal House, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (solo)
2010   Rebecca Horn: Rebellion in Silence, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
2010   Rebecca Horn: Rebellion in Silence, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2010   Night Scented Stock, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2010   Jannis Kounellis and Rebecca Horn, Pelaires-Centre Cultural Contemporani Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain
2010   Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
2009   Exquisite Corpse, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2009   A Room of Her Own, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2009   Drawings Anyone? Recent Aquisitions from the Eleanor and Henry Hitchcock Foundation, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2009   Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. Traveling exhibition: The National Institute for Art and Disabilities, Richmond, CA
2009   of Two Germanys / Cold War Cultures, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
2009   Horn: Rebellion in Silence Dialogue between Raven and Whale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2009   Fata Morgana, Fondazione Bevilacqua, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy (solo)
2009   Peacock-Sunrise, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome, Italy (solo)
2008   Rebecca Horn, Studio Trisorio, Rome, Italy (solo)
2008   Rebecca Horn: Love & Hate, Museum der Moderne Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2008   Rebecca Horn: Cosmic Maps, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Rebecca Horn, L'Amour cosmique-fou du faucon rouge, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (solo)
2008   Bloodline the Evolution of Form, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
2008   Exquisite Corpse: IMMA Collection Exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2008   Art/Tapes/22, University Art Museum, College for the Arts, Long Beach, CA
2008   40 Years Video Art in Germany, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2008   WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
2008   Kunstmaschinen – Maschinenkunst, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
2007   Dalla terra alla luna – metafore di viaggio (parte I), Museo d’arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
2007   Lights, Camera, Action: Artists Films for the Cinema, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
2007   Poetry in Motion, Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
2007   The Pontus Hulten Collection, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Hovikodden, Norway
2007   Rouge baiser, FRAC – Pays de Loire, Carquefou, France
2007   Ver bailar. Dialogo entre la danza y las bellas artes, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (CAAC), Sevilla, Spain
2007   Rebecca Horn: Jupiter im Oktogon, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany (solo)
2007   Rebecca Horn, Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy (solo)
2007   Vertigo: The Cenury of Off-Media Art from Futuris to the web, MAMbo – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2007   WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA
2006   Time Goes By, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2006   Rebecca Horn, Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
2006   Lotusschatten, Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst, Unna, Germany
2006   Rebecca Horn. Zeichnungen, Skulpturen, Installationen, Filme 1964- 2006, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2006   Helga de Alvear – Concepts for A Collection, Exhibition Centre of Centro Cultural de Belém, Brazil
2006   Bodylandscapes, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2004 - 2006   Artists See God, The Contemporary Jewish Museum (March 7 – June 7, 2004), Laguna Art Museum (July 31 – October 3, 2004), Institute of Contemporary Arts (November 19 – January 9, 2005), Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (June 9 – September 4, 2005), Albright College Freedman Art Gallery (September 29 – January 8,2006), Cheekwood Museum of Art (February 4 – April 16, 2006)
2005   Rebecca Horn: Time Goes By, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand (solo)
2005   Twilight Transit, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (solo)
2005   Bodylandscapes, Galerie de France, Paris, France; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Art/36/Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2005   Moon Mirror, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK (solo)
2005   Rebecca Horn, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
2004   Bodylandscapes, K20 Kunstsammlung, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2004   Light imprisoned in the belly of the whale, Es Baluard, Palma, Mallorca (solo)
2004   Moon Mirror, St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2004   The Artist’s Body. Then and Now, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland
2004   Miradas Y Conceptos En La Collección Helga de Alvear, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain.
2004   Ordering the Ordinary, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2004   Videographies – The Early Decades from the EMST collection, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
2004   Walking and Falling, Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (February 11 – Maj 28, 2006)
2004   ZOO STORY: An exhibition of animals in art – for the young and the young at heart, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
2003 - 2004   Rebecca Horn, Galleria Trisorio, Naples, Italy (solo)
2003   From Broodthaers to Horn, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (solo)
2002   Die Neue Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany (solo)