Rebecca Horn "Rebellion in Silence: Dialogue between Raven and Whale"

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is pleased to announce a solo exhibition this fall of the work of Rebecca Horn, a major representative of the contemporary German art world. This will be the first large-scale exhibition of her work in Japan.

Horn has been known for her performance works involving the wearing of feathers, horns, and mirrors. Since her participation in the 1972 Documenta show in her 20s, she has energetically pursued a range of artistic activity that continues to tackle new territories of art, one after the other—beginning with kinetic sculpture as well as film, and continuing on to capture the fascination of a great number of people—audiences with an interest not only in visual art, but that include film and dance enthusiasts as well. Her performances, which began in the late 1960s, sought to expand the functions of the human body, improve communications with others, and develop a rapport with mythical animals and nature. The devices that attached to the body and enhanced its physical perceptions were first used in performance, then eventually developed into independent, kinetic-mechanical sculptural works. Later, in what amounted to over ten years of life in New York, Horn undertook the production of highly narrative, full-length films, and incorporated the sculptures and movements from her earlier work into this new context of film, transforming their significance. Since the 1980s, after moving back to her home country of Germany, Horn’s work that directly confronts modern historical issues has been acclaimed for its ability to tie together personal experience and social memory. One early example of this work involves the conversion of the interior of an abandoned tower in the city of Münster into a piece that utilizes its history as the subject matter. In recent years, Horn has been working on large-scale installations and stage designs using music composed by Hayden Chisholm. She has also made, without the use of tools, a series of unrestrained drawings that emphasize direct human movement, developing a completely free mode of creation.

This exhibition is a full-scale presentation of Horn’s work. With all representative film footage, which includes the performance records from the 1970s and the full-length narrative films from the 1990s, as well as installations and two- and three-dimensional works that she has been producing since the 1990s, a total of forty exhibits allows one to trace the development of relationships between the various media in which Horn works. The flow of various invisible energies of humans and nature are transformed into visible form via movement, light, and the traces of such. The exhibition promises to be an unparalleled opportunity to experience this highly original, creative trajectory in MOT's vast space.

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[Image: from the film "Dance Partner" (1978) Ⓒ2009:Rebecca Horn]

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Schedule

From 2009-10-31 To 2010-02-14
Open November 23rd and January 11th, closed November 24th, December 28th through January 1st, January 12th

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Rebecca Horn

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unbirthday364: (2009-11-18)

I would like to put a sprinkle of sugar to make all works a bit brighter.
Of course Rebecca does not think it's necessary.

http://unbirthday364.blogspot.com/2009/11/rebecca-horn-rebellion-in-silence.html

yugen: (2009-12-03)

「静かな叛乱」と題したレベッカホルンの展覧会

70年代。左右のイデオロギーの対立が頂点に差し向かう頃、それでなくても東西ドイツが分断されていた当時のアートシーンに於いて、拘束具を装着し、あたかも特殊な性癖があるかのような初期のパフォーマンス作品。女性で尚且つ身体を用いる作品は社会に大いに衝撃を与え、議論を呼んだことだろう。

また、一見乱雑と感じさせるプログラムされた定期的な動き。見過ごしてしまいそうな細やかな揺らぎ。一方ではマシナリーに。また一方では生き物のように滑らかに。作品にあるはずの無い生きる物の生体感を覚え、機械仕掛け、からくり、オートマチック、どれが一番適したタームなんだろうと思いつつもどれもが表現にそぐわない。

当時の時代感覚をニュアンスまで知ることはできないが、彼女は常に社会規範や常識といわれるものと斗い、切り開いてきたのだろう。

cbliddell: (2009-12-05)

The edgy contemporary artist unfurls her sad wings of destiny at the MOT

by C.B.Liddell

As it stands now, Europe is a dying civilization. If demographic trends hold, within about 50 years it will become an Islamic continent or, possibly, go through a bloodbath approximating the horrors of Bosnia or the Third Reich. Of course, much can be done—and hopefully will be—to avert such extremes, but this seems to be the current trajectory.

As an art writer, this is not the sort of thing I normally worry about. I’m much more concerned about the latest auction prices at Sotheby’s or whether a particular shade of pink harmonizes with a certain color scheme. But “Rebellion in Silence: Dialogue Between Raven and Whale,” a major retrospective of contemporary German artist Rebecca Horn at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), seems to have the power to unwittingly provoke such dark musings and forebodings.

Read more>>>
[URL=http://metropolis.co.jp/arts/art-reviews/rebecca-horn/] http://metropolis.co.jp/arts/art-reviews/rebecca-horn/[/URL]

cbliddell: (2009-12-05)

The edgy contemporary artist unfurls her sad wings of destiny at the MOT

by C.B.Liddell

As it stands now, Europe is a dying civilization. If demographic trends hold, within about 50 years it will become an Islamic continent or, possibly, go through a bloodbath approximating the horrors of Bosnia or the Third Reich. Of course, much can be done—and hopefully will be—to avert such extremes, but this seems to be the current trajectory.

As an art writer, this is not the sort of thing I normally worry about. I’m much more concerned about the latest auction prices at Sotheby’s or whether a particular shade of pink harmonizes with a certain color scheme. But “Rebellion in Silence: Dialogue Between Raven and Whale,” a major retrospective of contemporary German artist Rebecca Horn at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), seems to have the power to unwittingly provoke such dark musings and forebodings.

Read more>>>
http://metropolis.co.jp/arts/art-reviews/rebecca-horn/

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