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Roni Horn

Künstraum München, Glyptothek, and Kunstforum

The very pure, quiet work of the 28-year-old Roni Horn was first shown in a one-person show three years ago at the Clocktower, New York, and at the Kunstraum München, which prepared this new three-part exhibition. In the earlier Munich show the compact “soft metal forms,” hammered together out of thin little scraps, were striking for certain qualities that continue to play a central role: though each piece stands exposed and alone in its space, these relatively small, round, longish or ovaloid bodies fill their space completely with their aura. This restrained but vital presence becomes even more definite in the three new works, and is coaxed forth by the exploration of their specifically material character. In the nearly leaf-thin yet heavy gold mat of Form from the Gold Field, 1982 (at the Kunstraum), this exploration unleashes a truly sensational experience. Casually folded in half,

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