Roni Horn in Japan

18 September 2021—30 March 2022

Pola Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan


The Pola Museum of Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Roni Horn, one of the most prominent American artists working today. This will be her first solo exhibition at a museum in Japan. Many of Horn’s works are inextricably linked to nature, with subjects including the waters of the River Thames, hot springs in Iceland, and glass sculptures whose surfaces evoke liquid reflectivity. Horn employs a wide range of media, including photography, sculpture, drawing and books, and often presents her work in paired or sequenced form. The recurrence of motifs across widely varied media is reminiscent of the nature of water, which changes form and appearance depending on relationships with its environment and surroundings. Water and rivers themselves, which represent the human spirit and transience in East Asian philosophy, frequently appear within Horn’s oeuvre, as the title of this exhibition suggests. 


The exhibition will be an in-depth survey of the artist’s practice spanning over 40 years, from the 1980s to the present, exploring a multifaceted body of work including the glass sculptures that are among her most prominent works of recent years. Horn’s art harnesses a sense of ambiguity in an era in which value systems and ideas about the nature of truth change rapidly. The artist casts an unwavering gaze, ceaseless as a river’s flow, upon the essence of things – this exhibitions invites viewers to do the same, offering inspiration and time for reflection. 

Well and Truly, 2009-2010 Cast glass, set of 10 Private collection

Installation view: Well and Truly, Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), 2010

Photo by Stefan Altenburger   © Roni Horn


Roni Horn (b. 1955) lives and works in New York City. She is known for conceptual works in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, drawing, and books. Since 1975 she has traveled frequently and extensively in Iceland, seeking out rugged scenery in remote outlying areas. The solitude Horn experiences during these journeys has had a significant influence on her life and work.

She has had many major solo exhibitions, at venues including the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), Tate Modern (London, 2009), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2009-2010), Fondation Beyeler (Riehen, Switzerland, 2016 and 2020), and Glenstone Museum (Potomac, USA, 2021).

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