The Pola Museum of Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Roni Horn, one of the most
prominent American artists working today. This will be her first solo exhibition at a museum in Japan.
Many of Horn’s works are inextricably linked to nature, with subjects including the waters of the River
Thames, hot springs in Iceland, and glass sculptures whose surfaces evoke liquid reflectivity. Horn
employs a wide range of media, including photography, sculpture, drawing and books, and often
presents her work in paired or sequenced form. The recurrence of motifs across widely varied media is
reminiscent of the nature of water, which changes form and appearance depending on relationships
with its environment and surroundings. Water and rivers themselves, which represent the human spirit
and transience in East Asian philosophy, frequently appear within Horn’s oeuvre, as the title of this
The exhibition will be an in-depth survey of the artist’s practice spanning over 40 years, from the 1980s
to the present, exploring a multifaceted body of work including the glass sculptures that are among her
most prominent works of recent years. Horn’s art harnesses a sense of ambiguity in an era in which
value systems and ideas about the nature of truth change rapidly. The artist casts an unwavering gaze,
ceaseless as a river’s flow, upon the essence of things – this exhibitions invites viewers to do the same,
offering inspiration and time for reflection.