Roni Horn: I am paralyzed with hope
1 APRIL – 10 SEPTEMBER 2023
Roni Horn’s diverse practice focuses on conceptually oriented photography, sculpture, drawing and books that defy any fixed classifications. Her intellectually rigorous and emotionally profound work reflects on the processes of becoming in relation to identity and location.
Since 1975, Horn has travelled extensively across Iceland’s remote landscapes – these solitary experiences in a geologically young landscape have long been important influences in her life and practice. Her works follow the mutability of water, weather and landscape, counteracting the possibility of fixed states and stability, existing in an androgynous realm. Although Horn´s work is not directly addressing identity politics or the climate emergency, it is evident that these urgent debates infused her quietly radical oeuvre.
This exhibition is carefully conceived by Horn in dialogue with Centro Botín’s exhibition rooms, architecture, light and visitors flow. It will include the first institutional presentation of LOG (March 22, 2019 - May 17, 2020). The series features 406 sheets of drawn paper that function as a record of daily observations and events that have informed the artist's sensibility and voice.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with newly commissioned texts by American author Carmen María Machado; Spanish curator, researcher and author Isabel de Naverán, as well as an interview between Horn and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz.
Curator: Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Director of Exhibitions and the Collection, Centro Botín
Roni Horn, LOG (March 22, 2019–May 17, 2020), 2019-2020 Detail. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Roni Horn
Roni Horn (born New York, 1955) had held solo exhibitions in institutions such as: Kunsthalle Basel (1995), Centre Pompidou (2003), Tate Modern (2009), Whitney Museum of American Art (2009), Kunsthalle Bregenz (2010), Kunsthalle Hamburg (2011), Fundació Joan Miró Barcelona (2014), De Pont Foundation, Tilburg (1994, 1998, 2016), Fondation Beyeler (2016, 2020), Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD (2017), Pinakothek der Moderne Munich (2018), The Drawing Institute at The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2018-2019), and the Pola Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan (2021-2022). Horn has received numerous awards. Among them 3 NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990, the Alpert Award in 1998 and the Joan Miro prize in 2013.