Harvard Art Museums to Debut With Site-Specific Rebecca Horn Installation

The new Renzo Piano-designed Harvard Art Museums, which are slated to open on November 16, have just announced another inaugural exhibition and commissioned work by Rebecca Horn. In addition to a show of Horn’s multiples, photographs, and early films, the museum has also asked the artist to create a new kinetic sculpture called “Flying Books under Black Rain Painting.” One of Horn’s “painting machines,” it will be installed outside the Prescott Street entrance to the museums and be on long-term display.

“This presentation of Rebecca Horn’s works aligns well with the interests of the museums’ diverse teaching and learning program and illustrates particular strengths of the Busch-Reisinger collection as well as those of the museums as a whole,” Lynette Roth, the Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, said in a statement. “Horn’s work touches on issues of movement and the readymade that were raised by the historic avant-garde, as well as on the role of multiples, the body, performance, and artwork that was explored through different media in the postwar period. We look forward not only to showing film in the gallery, but to including film screenings in the lecture hall as part of our presentation of Horn’s work, as these are key to her artistic production.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: Rebecca Horn, German (b. 1944), Scratching both walls at once, still from Berlin Exercises: Dreaming under water of things afar (1974/75, color and sound, 16 mm in DVD projection; 42 min.). Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Purchase in memory of Eda K. Loeb, 2014.199.4. © Rebecca Horn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo: Helmut Wietz.)