Roni Horn. Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake

Temporary exhibitions

Roni Horn

The show has been conceived by the artist herself, and explores the different media and approaches that she has used over the past twenty years. It covers the major themes and formats that make up her work: sculptural installations, photographic series, working drawings, and a floor piece entitled Rings of Lispector (Água Viva) that combines drawing and literary quotes. The title Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake is taken from Fernando Pessoa’s Livro do desassossego, published in 1935.

The exhibition is intended to offer an overall experience, like a huge installation comprised of all the pieces on display. The selection of works is a compendium of the elements that underpin the artist’s creative process: people, the landscape, light, words, water, presence, glass, faces, change, forms, series, spaces, the appearance of the self, and time. The show begins with a sculptural installation from the White Dickinson series and it is followed by the photographic series You are the Weather, Part 2. The centrepiece of the exhibition, Untitled, has only previously been exhibited at Hauser & Wirth gallery in New York. Also on view are the photographic series Still Water (The River Thames, for Example) and Dead Owl, the series of self-portraits a.k.a. and the photographic mosaic Her, Her, Her and Her, which is exhibited alongside the black glass sculpture Opposite of White, v.2, and four videos about her work.

The exhibition also includes a room set aside for working drawings. As in the case of Joan Miró, drawing has been an essential aspect of Roni Horn’s work over the last thirty years. She herself considers it her principal activity and the seed of all her works, regardless of the final form or material they take.

The exhibition Roni Horn. Everything was sleeping as though the universe were a mistake is organised by the Fundació Joan Miró and Obra Social ”la Caixa”. It will be open to the public from 20 June to 28 September 2014 at Fundació Joan Miró, and from 13 November 2014 to 1 March 2015 at CaixaForum Madrid.

In collaboration with:

  • Obra Social la Caixa