First Large-Scale Solo Exhibition in Japan by One of America’s Foremost Contemporary Artists
This is the first Japanese museum exhibition of the work of Roni Horn, an artist who has long been at the forefront of contemporary art and soared to greater prominence in 2009-2010 with large-scale exhibitions at the Tate Modern (London) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). This will also be the first large-scale solo exhibition of a contemporary artist at the Pola Museum of Art since the museum first opened in 2002.
Tracing 40 Years of a Diverse Practice Including Photography, Drawing, and Glass Sculpture
This exhibition will showcase the artist’s consistent focus on the issue of continuity and differentiation through a diverse group of works ranging from her early output of the 1980s, to the multi-part photographic work You Are the Weather, Part 2 (2010-2011) which is among her best-known works, to drawings that gradually evolve in scale and complexity while presenting recurring motifs. The exhibition will dynamically trace the varying trajectories of Roni Horn’s practice through works including large drawings approximately three meters in height and nine of the glass sculptures which are among her most prominent works of recent years.
Encountering Horn’s Work in the Natural Environment of Hakone
Throughout her career, Roni Horn has consistently produced works which feature nature as a subject. She has been particularly influenced by the rugged volcanic and glacial environments of Iceland, where she has traveled frequently and extensively. Her glass sculptures, whose surfaces can evoke the appearance of water, serenely reflect the surrounding landscape and the viewer. Japan being a volcanic archipelago and Hakone a famous hot spring destination since ancient times, they have much in common with Iceland. In addition to a presentation in the galleries overlooking the verdant forest of the Sengokuhara highlands, a large glass sculpture will also be installed along the Nature Trail in the woods outside the museum.
Original Exhibition Merchandise Jointly Produced with BEAMS DESIGN
Limited-edition original merchandise for this exhibition will be produced by BEAMS DESIGN. The museum is scheduled to develop an extensive lineup of limited-edition goods only available on this occasion, including original T-shirts, tote bags, mugs and more that incorporate Horn’s artworks. These will be for sale at the Pola Museum of Art Museum Shop and the official online shop from September 18.
Roni Horn (b. 1955) lives and works in New York. She is known for conceptually oriented works in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, drawing, and books. Since 1975, Horn has traveled extensively in the more remote landscapes of Iceland. These solitary experiences have long been important influences in her life and work. She has had many major solo exhibitions, at venues including the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), Tate Modern (London, 2009), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2009-2010), and Fondation Beyeler (Riehen, Switzerland, 2016 and 2020).