HAPPENINGText: Wakana Kawahito

Rebellion in Silence, Dialogue between Raven and Whale.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
Concert for Anarchy, 1990, Photo: Attilio Maranzano © 2009 Rebecca Horn

As the last year of the 2000s, 2009 was a big year for art exhibitions held in Japan. Looking back over the past years, I think it is because I was truly impressed by exhibitions especially by female artists such as the Annette Messager Exhibition at Mori Art Museum, and the Miyako Ishiuchi Exhibition at Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo. Not surprisingly, the Rebecca Horn Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo should be added to the list.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
Der Eintänzer, 1978, film © 2009 Rebecca Horn

Germany-born contemporary artist Rebecca Horn held her exhibition in Japan for the first time. Her earlier work is known for her performance wearing feathers and horns. After her participation to Documenta 5, she has explored a wide variety of art expressions.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
Knuggle Dome for James Joyce, 2004, Photo: Gunter Lepkowski © 2009 Rebecca Horn

Her works are exhibited using 2 floors on both ground and 3rd floors. As you go up to the 3rd floor entering to the first room, you will first find a moving mechanical installation piece using color pencils and guns.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
Les Amants, 1991, Photo: Attilio Maranzano © 2009 Rebecca Horn [referential image]

Objects that should originally be used by human hands move slowly in an awkward manner of machinery. It seems like an integration of analog and digital; nostalgia for a handwork and yearning for future intersect like a swinging pendulum. As you move forward looking at her work, the clear seductiveness increases the softness and strength of her work.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
The Raven’s Twin (Der Zwilling des Raben Photographer: Atillio Maranzano / Berlin © 2009 Rebecca Horn

The twin feathers, an indulgently moving brush, moving light. Each work creates its own spontaneous world. Touching to the free and creative world of Rebecca, your sensory perception is extended and slowly sharpened by her work of devices which are like parts of your body. You will experience such comfortable tense feeling.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
Light imprisoned in the belly of whale, 2002, Photo: Heinz Hefele © 2009 Rebecca Horn

On the ground floor and in 4 other rooms, 8 pieces of her film works in total are screened including her performance work and full-length films.

© 2009 Rebecca Horn
Performances 2, 1973, film © 2009 Rebecca Horn

You will thoroughly enjoy her great film pieces that include everything from a film using her own work to a full-length film set in one room. You might want to take a note that some film pieces are over one hour. There’s no reason to lose your opportunity to enjoy her fantastic talent and to thank how lucky you are living in the same age.

Rebecca Horn Exhibition – Rebellion in Silence, Dialogue between Raven and Whale
Date: October 31st, 2009 – February 14th, 2010
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Close on Mondays)
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3 5245 4111

Text: Wakana Kawahito
Translation: Mariko Takei
Photos: Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo © 2009 Rebecca Horn

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