Roni Horn. Give Me Paradox or Give Me Death
March 23 – August 11, 2024
Roni Horn: Give Me Paradox or Give Me Death at the Museum Ludwig provides a comprehensive survey of the work of the influential American artist Roni Horn (*1955 in New York), which will show the artist's outstanding and diverse oeuvre from the beginning of her career in the late 1970s to the present day.
Embracing photography, drawing, artist books, sculpture, and installations, her work is abstract, figurative, and documentary. This openness with respect to art reflects a central idea in Horn’s work: everything in the world is subject to change and might take on various conditions and meanings. The exhibition at the Museum Ludwig examines this idea focusing on three subjects from her work: nature, identity, and language. The artist finds a key to the world in literature and poetry, including poems by Emily Dickinson. Horn’s image of nature is not romantic she depicts it as both threatening and threatened. In photographic series and selfportraits from various periods of her life, she examines her own identity while addressing an overriding purpos that affects everyone: finding one’s own place in the world, regardless of social norms and beliefs.
Curator: Yilmaz Dziewior