Public Art Fund | Brooklyn Bridge Park
Curated by Nicholas Baume
Over the past 15 years, Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Copenhagen) has become one of Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Now based in Berlin, he is known for his perceptually engaging, sculpturally inventive, and conceptually whimsical works. Often conceived for public spaces, his art captures a generous spirit that invites audiences to become active participants.
Three bodies of work are represented in the exhibition. Appearing Rooms is a systematically changing installation with walls of water that create rooms which appear and disappear. Visitors may move from space to space as the jets of water rise and fall. Mirror Labyrinth NY is made with equidistantly spaced vertical planks of mirror-polished stainless steel. Arranged in three radial arcs, the alternating rhythm and uneven heights of the steel elements echo the Manhattan skyline. Connecting these two works and continuing along the length of the park, the artist has installed sixteen bright red Modified Social Benches. These witty sculptures reinvent the form of the park bench, turning it into a lyrical and evocative work of art. Like each of his installations, they generate spontaneous expression and social connection, giving us new perspectives on ourselves and the world we share.
This exhibition is curated by Nicholas Baume
Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. He has had major solo exhibitions presented at institutions around the globe, including the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2014); Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki (2013); Faena Arts Centre, Buenos Aires (2012); 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2011); IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art (2010); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (2009); Barbican Centre, London (2007); and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005), among many others. His work has also been shown in group exhibitions worldwide and is represented in major public collections, including those of the Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany; Tate, United Kingdom; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others. He is represented by 303 Gallery in New York, Johann Koenig in Berlin, Galeri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, and SCAI The Bathhouse in Tokyo.