Rebecca Horn – The Neshapour Spirals

Rebecca Horn – The Neshapour Spirals
17 November – 23 December 2011

Elisabetta Cipriani- Jewellery by Contemporary Artists is pleased to announce Rebecca Horn first exhibition of jewellery The Neshapour Spirals on Thursday 17th of November from 6-8pm.

Rebecca Horn’s jewellery are made of rare Neshapour Turquoise and Snail Fossils, mounted on 22ct yellow gold. Each piece is unique and comes with its own gouache, rich in the artist’s iconic, lyrical, gestural marks. These extraordinary jewels embody the concept of time and the reaching of spiritual life. The snail fossil is spiral-shaped, representing the Energy. Its primordial shape takes us back to the origins of life and reminds us of the need to constantly evolve. Rebecca Horn has chosen the turquoise, connector of Earth and Sky, and of its wearer to Earth and Universal Energies. The jewels are made in collaboration with Luisa del Valle, a special friend of Rebecca Horn’s and a goldsmith from Barcelona whose Etruscan jewellery technique enhances the visual and tactile senses. The turquoise was meticulously sourced from the mine of Neshapour in Iran.

Since the beginning of the 1970s, Rebecca Horn’s work has been constituing an ever-growing flow of performances, films, sculptures, spatial installations, drawings and photographs. The essence of their imagery comes out of the tremendous precision of the physical and technical functionality she uses to stage her works each time within a particular space.

The objects used and especially made for her installations such as violins, suitcases, batons, ladders, pianos, feather fans, metronomes, small metal hammers, black water basins, spiral drawing machines and huge funnels together build the elements for kinetic sculptures that are liberated from their defined materiality and continuously transposed into ever-changing metaphors touching on mythical, historical, literary and spiritual imagery.

Her work is bound together by a consistency in logic; each new work appears to develop stringently from the preceding one. Elements may be readdressed, yet appear in totally different, divergent contexts. The Artist’s unique and continuously renewed work makes each single installation a step towards breaking down all boundaries of space and time, opening up crevices to a universe, the existence of which we can only sense.

The installations were created out of and dedicated to places charged with political and historical importance.

With her kinetic sculptures, the artist releases and redirects the weight of the past on these physical spaces through the energy of writing, textured to counter historical amnesia. This may also send the turbulence of passion as a magnetic flow into the space.

Horn’s work is displayed in major public collections worldwide including: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; the Tate Gallery, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Musée National d’Art Moderne, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and many others. She has participated in Documenta and the Venice Biennale on a number of occasions; she has been the subject of a major retrospective at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and was recently awarded Japan’s prestigious 2010 Praemium Imperiale Prize in Sculpture and the Grande Médaille des Arts Plastiques 2011 from the Académie d’Architecture de Paris.

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