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Rebecca Horn, Berlin Exercises, 1974–75, 16 mm, black-and-white, sound, 42 minutes.

Rebecca Horn

Weserburg | Museum für Moderne Kunst

Rebecca Horn, Berlin Exercises, 1974–75, 16 mm, black-and-white, sound, 42 minutes.

Rebecca Horn’s recent exhibition occupied just a few rooms on the second floor of the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art and resulted in no catalogue. The show consisted largely of films and related material (stills, collage studies, models for props), organized around the theme of dance. The exhibition’s title, “Feathers Dancing on Shoulders,” cited one section of Horn’s film Berlin Exercises, 1974–75, the whole of which was on view along with Performances II, 1973. Of her feature-length films, Der Eintänzer (The Gigolo, 1978) which treats dance most extensively, was included (La Ferdinanda, 1981, and Buster’s Bedroom, 1990, were sometimes available as part of a supporting program). Yet this was no more a comprehensive treatment of the role of dance in Horn’s work than a complete survey of her cinematic endeavors.

Rather, the exhibition invited viewers to discover different strands

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