Dancing Canvases, 1998, Canvases, brushes, pigment, motor, 14.2 x 11 x 7.9 in (36 x 28 x 20 cm)


Rebecca Horn

K20 Grabbeplatz
Grabbeplatz 5
October 2–January 9

Centro Cultural de Belém
Praça do Império
January 29–April 25

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
May 26–September 11

This Rebecca Horn exhibition promises to prove that it is not mere platitude to speak of pencil and paper as an extension of the artist’s body. The show places about eighty-five drawings alongside both her early fabric appendages, which extend their wearers’ body parts, and four recent machine installations that perform repetitive bodily tasks. Though bios of Horn routinely mention the year she spent in a sanatorium recovering from lung damage after working with polyester and fiberglass, the artist’s own body has remained a refreshingly puzzling absence in her work.