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EXHIBITION · Roni Horn · The Detour of Identity

2 May - 1 September

Roni Horn, Untitled (Weather), 2010-2011 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Roni Horn


Roni Horn · The Detour of Identity

Subtle undertones, secret messages and erotic signals come to the surface when her works are shown in dialogue with a number of the great movie classics. This is the first major solo presentation in the Nordics of Roni Horn, one of the most influential and acclaimed artists of our time.

There is something very powerful about the work of the American artist Roni Horn (born 1955), one of the biggest names and most versatile talents in contemporary art. Seemingly razor-sharp and cool, it juxtaposes humans and landscape, permanence and changeability, obscurity and transparency in a flow of light, water and weather.

In many ways, Roni Horn stands out as a unique figure in contemporary art. She has exhibited at a wide range of the world’s leading museums and works in all media – photography, sculpture, drawing. She considers drawing to be her primary activity and the true foundation of her entire body of work. Additionally, she is a brilliant writer and has published many books.

A matter of Identity

Roni Horn’s work essentially revolves around identity. Who am I, what does my gender mean, what language is available for emotions, what is the order of nature versus that of humanity? Her questions are philosophical and fundamental, her answers are the concrete artworks – open to interpretation.

Works in series

Typically, Roni Horn works in series, which have widely different characters. Sculptures in coloured glass that appear to float but are extremely heavy. Mighty drawings that can resemble conceptual maps where narratives break into pieces. Enigmatic, tantalizing portraits – also of herself, also of bird heads. And throughout it all, there is a special intense relationship with literature – with poets such as Emily Dickinson and Anne Carson – and with Iceland!


In dialogue with the film

The exhibition shows excerpts from film classics to present new interpretations of Horn’s work.

Roni Horn is also a bit of a film freak, and she draws on the language and means of film in her practice and her stories. Louisiana’s exhibition uses this entrance as a key to unlock her often enigmatic work.

In the rooms, Horn’s photography, drawing, and sculpture are thus presented together with film excerpts by masters such as Bergman, Dreyer, von Trier, Chabrol, and Hitchcock.

Hidden Desires

These juxtapositions not only make clear the profound influence of film art on Roni Horn’s art, but illustrate that it contains intense sexuality and preoccupation with the body, eroticism, and desire – something that is often completely hidden beneath the surfaces of the rigorous, conceptual imagery.

The exhibition, entitled The Detour of Identity, showcases examples of key works from throughout Roni Horn’s career.


Opening hours

Tuesday – Friday   11AM – 10PM

Saturday – Sunday 11AM – 6PM

Monday closed


Exhibition opening: May 2nd, free entrance after 5PM


During the festival period from June 6th to 16th you get 25% off your Louisiana ticket with the festival pass.


2 May
1 September
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