Bibliotheca – Roni Horn

When You See Your Reflection in Water, Do You Recognize the Water in You? (2021)

This is a catalogue which was published on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Roni Horn: When You See Your Reflection in Water. Do You Recognize the Water in You?’ at POLA Museum of Art, from September 2021 to March 2022.

This is the first exhibition catalogue in Japan to introduce the 40-year practice of the artist, who has created conceptual works in a variety of media including photography, glass sculpture, and drawing, as well as her first book in Japanese.

From The Exhibition’s Official Press Release:

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 This exhibition will showcase the artist’s consistent focus on the issue of continuity and differentiation 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 exhibition invites viewers to do the same, offering inspiration and time for reflection.


‘Complete with Missing Parts’ Briony Fer / Plates / ‘Saying Water’ / ‘EVERYWHERE DIFFERENTLY’ Interview by Andrew Maerkle / ‘Beneath the Fountain’ Suzuki Kota / ‘Bouquet of Emily’ Asahina Midori, Shimomura Nobuko, and Takeda Masako / List of Works / Bibliography / Selected Exhibitions.

Roni Horn (born September 25, 1955) is an American visual artist and writer. The granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants, she was born in New York City, where she lives and works. She is currently represented by Xavier Hufkens in Brussels and Hauser & Wirth. She is openly gay.

Using drawing, photography, installation, sculpture and literature, Roni Horn’s work consistently questions and generates uncertainty to thwart closure, engaging with many different concerns and materials. Important across her oeuvre is her longstanding interest in the protean nature of identity, meaning, and perception, as well as the notion of doubling; issues which continue to propel Horn’s practice.