|Education||Royal Danish Academy of Art (1997-2003)
|Known for||Sculpture and installation|
Jeppe Hein (born 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) is an artist based in Berlin and Copenhagen. His interactive sculptures and installations combine elements of humour with the traditions of minimalism and conceptual art of the 1970s.
Hein studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art between 1997 and 2003 and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt between 1999 and 2000 (while registered as an associate student of the Danish Academy). As a student Hein was co-founder of OTTO, a non-commercial organisation which organised art exhibitions at various venues in Denmark between 1997 and 2000.
At Houghton Hall in Norfolk, the Marquess of Cholmondeley commissioned an "artlandish" folly in a scale appropriate for a five-acre walled garden. Hein created a site-specific outdoor sculpture for this space. In all seasons, this jet of water surmounted by a ball of flame illustrates a 21st-century folly on a smaller scale than other contemporary land art pieces in the parkland outside the garden enclosure. The work is intended "to surprise viewers and make them question what they are seeing." Hein wants to elicit
- "... an incongruous dialogue between the art and the viewer and to use humour to broaden the limits of conceptual art. I want to show that the work isn’t anything on its own, it is only what the public informs it with. The viewers’ role brings the piece to the centre of attention."
'Modified Social Benches' located in the Montenmedio Sculpture Park, Cadiz, Spain. These benches are also located in other places around the world, including Miami and Helsinki.
Hein has had solo exhibitions at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Art Tower, Mito; the Neues Museum, Nürnberg; Indianapolis Museum of Art (2010); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Århus (2009); Sculpture Center, New York; and P.S.1 MOMA, New York (2004). He has participated in solo and group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Tate Modern, London; Barbican Art Centre, London (2007); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles; and 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Catalogues of Hein's work have been published by ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, Koenig Books, Villa Manin, and the Centre Pompidou. Hein lives and works in Berlin.
- Biography at Johann König
- Dan Graham and Jeppe Hein: From Seriousness to Silliness, August 30 - October 18, 2008 Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne.
- McCarthy, Anna. "Focus on Jeppe Hein," Houghton Hall Education Newsletter, January 2009, p. 3.
- Donald, Caroline. "The new garden at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk," The Times (London). May 11, 2008.
- Jeppe Hein: Residency from September 2009 to January 2010 Atelier Calder.
- Karriere – the Artists
- Karriere – the People
- Jeppe Hein: Distance, May 7 - September 5, 2010 Indianapolis Museum of Art.
- Sense City
- Jeppe Hein: Illusion, September 9 - November 25, 2007 SculptureCenter, Long Island City.
- Jeppe Hein: Flying Cube, March 14 - May 10, 2004 MoMA PS1.
- Rotating Labyrinth