Horn at Barcelona's Fundació Joan Miró, where she was given the Joan Miró Award
September 25, 1955|
New York City
Rhode Island School of Design,|
|Known for||Visual arts|
|Awards||Joan Miró Award 2013 by Fundació Miró|
Early life and education
Horn received an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Since 1975 Horn has traveled often to Iceland, whose landscape and isolation have strongly influenced her practice.
Horn has been intimately involved with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland. Since her first encounter with the island as a young arts graduate visiting on a fellowship from Yale, Horn has returned to Iceland frequently. 
The ongoing series of books entitled To Place (1990-) concern Iceland.
Reproducing 13 watercolour and graphite drawings, Bluff Life (1990) was produced in 1982 during a two-month stay in a lighthouse off the southern coast of Iceland in a town called Dyrhólaey. The series totals thirteen drawings, all made on note cards. The second book, Folds (1991), is a collection of photographs documenting extant sheepfolds. To Place: Verne’s Journey (1995) is the fifth in the series. A photographic essay, the seventh volume Arctic Circles (1998) records the endless horizon of the North Sea, the feathers of an eider nest, and the rotating beacon of a lighthouse. Doubt Box (Book IX) (2006) is a collection of cards rather than a bound volume. Printed on both sides, the cards show pictures of glacial water, taxidermied birds, and a face.
In 2004-2006, the books were selected as some of the most important photo books in history. A 2009 journal article stated that the nine To Place books "together constitute one of the most important groups of artists' books since Ed Ruscha's 1960s books and Bernd and Hilla Becher's publications on industrial architecture." Other publications include Dictionary of Water, This is Me, This is You, Cabinet of, If on a Winter's Night, Her, Her, Her, & Her, Wonderwater (Alice Offshore), and Index Cixous, 2003 – 05.
Weather has played an important role in Horn's work. She has created several public artworks, including You Are the Weather—Munich (1996–97), a permanent installation for the Deutscher Wetterdienst bureau in Munich. You in You (1997), a rubber-tiled walkway in Basel’s east train station, mimics an unusual basalt formation of Iceland. Some Thames (2000), a permanent installation at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, consists of 80 photographs of water dispersed throughout the university’s public spaces. In 2007 she undertook Artangel’s first international commission, creating Vatnasafn / Library of Water, a long-term installation in the town of Stykkishólmur, Iceland. The installation is made up of water collected from Icelandic glaciers.
The "Library of Water" is housed in a former library building in Stykkisholmur on the west coast of Iceland. Horn noticed the building in the 1990s. It is located at the high point of the town, overlooking the harbour and the sea. It was conceived by Horn in 2004 as a sculpture installation and a community center.
In 2004, Hauser & Wirth in London was the location of an installation by Horn entitled Agua Viva for the exhibition Rings of Lispector. The installation consisted of interconnecting rubber tiles into which fragments of text from Hélène Cixous' English translation of Clarice Lispector's Agua Viva (The Stream of Life) were embedded into the floor in contrasting shades of tan-colored rubber. Horn manipulated passages of the text to shape partial and overlapping rings and loops, playing with the order and coherence of Lispector's text. The rubber floor's dimensions at Hauser & Wirth London were approximately 1,500 square feet, with each rubber tile 69 inches square. It contained 25 "rubber floor drawings" with additional plain tiles so that the piece would fit wall to wall.
Horn's first photographic installation, You Are The Weather (1994-1996), is a photographic cycle featuring 100 close-up shots of the same woman, Margret, in a variety of Icelandic geothermal pools. Notes written by Horn about this work were included in the catalogue that accompanied Horn's 2009 traveling retrospective Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. The two-volume book includes a Subject Index that brought together writings and reflections on works, themes, titles and topics related to Horn's practice.  Curator Donna De Salvo says, "You are the Weather depicts a living, rather than an inert, thing. Horn complicated the notion of surface and skin. This treatment of the face smudges the distinction between object and subject. Just who is the 'you'? Of course all answers are completely dependent upon who chooses to inhabit the role of 'you.' It's a discovery process, which in some ways reflects the making of the work itself. The subtle and not so subtle difference in these photographs make it difficult for a viewer to dismiss any one image as being identical to the one next to it. 'You' have to look hard." 
Many of the images in You Are the Weather were published in one of the To Place volumes. You are the Weather, Part 2, follows the same form as You are the Weather and features the same model, 15 years later.
Still Water (The River Thames, for Example) (1999) is a single work composed of fifteen photographic offset lithographs, each 30 1/2 x 41 1/2". It is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art  It was commissioned around 1998, and Horn has noted that it came about at the same time as the end of a long love relationship. Each of the 15 lithographs features a photograph of the surface of the River Thames that has been annotated with many small white numerals that correspond to a bar of footnotes that runs along the lower border of each image.
Félix González-Torres had the opportunity to view Horn's sculpture Forms from the Gold Field in 1990 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 1993, he made Untitled (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni). In response, Horn made a second gold field piece, Gold Mats, Paired-For Ross and Felix (1994-1995), dedicated to the late González-Torres and his partner Ross Laycock.
Horn's 1993 series When Dickinson shut her eyes comprises eight square aluminium poles of different lengths leaning against the gallery wall, each bearing a line from Emily Dickinson's poem A Wind that rose. Other works in her series White Dickinson include sentences from the published letters of Dickinson.
Pink Tons (2008) is a solid cast glass cube 1219 x 1219 x 1219 mm, weighing 4536 kg manufactured by Schott, a German glass manufacturing company with whom she has worked since her student times. They also manufactured the columns of her Library of Water in Iceland.
Horn's 2009-2010 work Well and Truly consists of ten solid cast glass parts, each measuring 91.5 cm in diameter and 45.5 cm in height. Well and Truly is part of a private collection, but was included in an exhibition of the same title at Kunsthaus Bregenz from April 24 to July 4, 2010. The ten glass elements are cylinders in shades of blue and pale blue greens.
Horn's first solo exhibition (outside the university) was held in 1980 at the Kunstraum München. With two New York shows at the Paula Cooper and Leo Castelli galleries, Horn's career accelerated in the late 1980s. Horn received the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts in 1998, several NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (2004); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2003); Dia Center for the Arts, New York, and Museu Serralves, Porto (2001); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunsthalle Basel (1995); Rencontres d'Arle s festival, France (2009) and Tate Modern, London (2009). Group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (1991, 2004); Documenta (1992); and Venice Biennale (1997), among others. In 2004 she was a visiting critic at Columbia University.
In November 2009, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened a survey show of Horn’s work. Titled "Roni Horn aka Roni Horn", the show travelled to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2010), the Tate Modern, London (25 February - 25 May 2009), and the Collection Lambert in Avignon (21 June - 4 October 2009).
In 2016 Horn had a solo exhibition in Tilburg, The Netherlands, at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art.
Roni Horn’s works can be found in the collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, museum Krüller-Müller in Otterlo (the Netherlands), the Kunstmuseum in Basel and Tate Modern in London, UK.
Books by Horn
- Horn, Roni. Bluff Life. (To Place, book I.) New York: Peter Blum, 1990. ISBN 0-935875-09-3
- Horn, Roni. Folds. (To Place, book II.) New York: Mary Boone Gallery, 1991. ISBN 0-941863-21-2
- Horn, Roni. Lava. (To Place, book III.) New York: Roni Horn, 1992. ISBN 1-56466-035-4
- Horn, Roni. Pooling waters. (To Place, book IV.) Cologne: Walther König, 1994. ISBN 3-88375-187-1
- Horn, Roni. Inner geography. (To Place, supplement.) Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1994. ISBN 0-912298-67-7
- Horn, Roni. Verne's journey. (To Place, book V.) Cologne: Walther König, 1995. ISBN 3-88375-219-3
- Horn, Roni. Haraldsdóttir. (To Place, book VI.) Denver, CO: Ginny Williams, 1996. ISBN 1-880146-16-9
- Horn, Roni. You are the weather. Zurich and New York: Scalo in collaboration with Fotomuseum Winterthur, 1997. ISBN 3-931141-45-4
- Horn, Roni. Arctic circles. (To Place, book VII.) Denver, CO: Ginny Williams, 1998. ISBN 1-880146-21-5
- Horn, Roni, Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, and Jan Avgikos. Still water. Santa Fe, NM: SITE Santa Fe, 2000. ISBN 0-9700774-1-6
- Horn, Roni. Another water (the River Thames, for example). Zurich and New York: Scalo, 2000. ISBN 3-908247-25-X
- Horn, Roni. Becoming a landscape. (To Place, book VIII.) Denver, CO: Ginny Williams, 2001. ISBN 3-88243-797-9
- Horn, Roni. Dictionary of water. Paris: Edition 7L, 2001. ISBN 3-88243-753-7
- Horn, Roni. This is me, this is you. Paris: Edition 7L, 2002. ISBN 3-88243-798-7
- Horn, Roni. Cabinet of. Göttingen/New York: Steidl/Dangin, 2003. ISBN 3-88243-864-9
- Horn, Roni. Her, her, her & her. Göttingen/New York: Steidl/Dangin, 2004. ISBN 3-86521-035-X
- Horn, Roni, Louise Bourgeois, Anne Carson, Hélène Cixous, and John Waters. Wonderwater (Alice Offshore). Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2004. ISBN 3-86521-005-8
- Horn, Roni, and Hélène Cixous. Rings of Lispector (Agua Viva). London: Hauser & Wirth; Göttingen: Steidl, 2005. ISBN 3-86521-149-6
- Horn, Roni. Index Cixous: cix pax. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2005. ISBN 3-86521-135-6
- Horn, Roni. Doubt box. (To Place, book IX.) Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2006. ISBN 3-86521-276-X
- Horn, Roni. Herðubreið at home: the Herðubreið paintings of Stefán V. Jónsson aka Stórval. Göttingen: Steidl, 2007. ISBN 978-3-86521-457-7
- Horn, Roni. Weather reports you. London: Artangel/Steidl, 2007. ISBN 978-3-86521-388-4
- Horn, Roni, and Philip Larratt-Smith. Bird. London: Hauser & Wirth; Göttingen: Steidl, 2008. ISBN 978-3-86521-669-4
Selected exhibition catalogues and monographs
- Roni Horn: Glyptothek München, Kunstforum München, Kunstraum München eV. München: Kunstraum München, 1983. ISBN 3-923874-38-3
- Detroit Institute of Arts / Galerie Lelong. Roni Horn: pair objects I, II, III. Detroit/New York: Galerie Lelong, 1988. ISBN 2-85587-157-3
- Roni Horn: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Los Angeles: The Museum, 1990. ISBN 0-914357-20-4
- Kersting, Hannelore, and Rudolf Herman Fuchs. Things which happen again: Roni Horn. Mönchengladbach: Städtisches Museum Abteiberg; Münster: Westfälischer Kunstverein, 1991. ISBN 3-924039-07-0
- Schwarz, Dieter. Rare spellings: selected drawings 1985-1992. Düsseldorf, Germany: Richter, 1992. ISBN 3-928762-09-5
- Spector, Nancy. Roni Horn: including the installation Pair Field and selections from the work To Place. Tilburg, The Netherlands: De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, 1994. ISBN 90-74529-05-4
- Kellein, Thomas, and Roni Horn. Making being here enough: installations from 1980 to 1995. Basel: Kunsthalle Basel; Hannover: Kestner-Gesellschaft, 1995. ISBN 3-7965-9901-X
- González-Torres, Félix, Roni Horn, and Ingvild Goetz. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn. München: Sammlung Goetz, 1995.
- Tillman, Lynne. Gurgles, sucks, echoes. Cologne: Jablonka Galerie; New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 1995. ISBN 1-880146-10-X
- Koepplin, Dieter. Roni Horn Zeichnungen = drawings. Ostfildern, Germany: Cantz, 1995. ISBN 3-89322-777-6
- hooks, bell, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Judith Hoos Fox, Roni Horn, Amada Cruz, and Sarah J. Rogers. Earths grow thick. Columbus, Ohio: Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, 1996. ISBN 1-881390-12-8
- Schulz-Hoffmann, Carla, and Andreas Strobl. Roni Horn, Pi. Munich: Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst; Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2000. ISBN 3-7757-0912-6
- Neri, Louise, Lynne Cooke, and Thierry de Duve. Roni Horn. London: Phaidon, 2000. ISBN 0-7148-3865-9
- Storsve, Jonas, Paulo Herkenhoff, and Claire Blanchon. Roni Horn: dessins = Roni Horn: drawings. Paris: Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2003. ISBN 2-84426-219-8
- Roni Horn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Mike Kelley, Mike Nelson. San Francisco: California College of Arts and Crafts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2003. ISBN 0-9725080-1-5
- Lingwood, James, and Frida Björk Ingvarsdóttir. Roni Horn. Some Thames/Haskólínn á Akureyri. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2003. ISBN 3-88243-964-5
- Stahel, Urs, Élisabeth Lebovici, bell hooks, Thierry de Duve, Paulo Herkenhoff, and Barbara Kruger. If on a winter's night ... Roni Horn.... Göttingen: Steidl Verlag; Winterthur: Fotomuseum, 2003. ISBN 3-88243-911-4
- Eskildsen, Ute. Roni Horn. To place: postcards from the first 8 books: 1990-2001. Göttingen: Steidl, 2004. ISBN 3-86521-042-2
- Dean, Tacita, and Angela Vettese. Roni Horn: Angie and Emily Dickinson. Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden, 2006. ISBN 1-872291-20-1
- Roni Horn: vatnasafn, library of water. London: Artangel, 2006.
- Cixous, Hélène, and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. A kind of you: 6 portraits by Roni Horn. Göttingen: Steidl, 2007. ISBN 978-3-86521-583-3
- Roni Horn: my Oz. Reykjavik, Iceland: Listasafn Reykjavikur, 2007. ISBN 9979-769-30-0
- De Salvo, Donna, Carter E. Foster, Mark Godfrey, and Roni Horn. Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art; London: Tate Modern in association with Steidl, Göttingen, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86521-831-5
- Lingwood, James, Briony Fer, and Adrian Searle. Roni Horn: vatnasafn/library of water. London: Artangel; Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86521-942-8
- Mézil, Éric. Roni Horn. Paris: Éditions Phébus, 2009. ISBN 978-2-7529-0427-0
Roni Horn was one of the artists featured on PBS' Art:21 series of biographies of contemporary artists.
|Library resources about |
|By Roni Horn|
- Guggenheim Museum Biography
- Julie L. Belcove (November 2009), Roni Horn W Magazine.
- "Biography". Library of Water. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "Roni Horn" (interview with Claudia Spinelli). Journal of Contemporary Art, June 1995.
- Huseman, Beth (2008). Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. Germany: Seidl Verlag. ISBN 9783865218315.
- Elements and Unknowns, September 4 – November 23, 2008 MoMA, New York.
- Roth, Andrew, editor. The Open Book: a History of the Photographic Book from 1878 to the Present. Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center, 2004.
- Parr, Martin, and Gerry Badger. The Photobook: a History. Volume II. London & New York: Phaidon, 2006. ISBN 0-7148-4433-0
- Godfrey, Mark. "Roni Horn's Icelandic Encyclopedia." Art History, volume 32, issue 5, December 2009, pages 932-953.
- Roni Horn Guggenheim Collection.
- Lossin, R.H. (January 2010). "Roni Horn aka Roni Horn". The Brooklyn Rail.
- Horn, Roni and Hélène Cixous. Rings of Lispector (Agua Viva). Göttigen: Steidl, 2005. P. 100. Print.
- Horn, Roni and Hélène Cixous. Rings of Lispector (Agua Viva). Göttigen: Steidl, 2005. P. 19. Print.
- Art21: Roni Horn PBS.
- Horn, Roni. "You are the Weather." Ed. De Salvo, Donna, et al. Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. Göttigen: Steidl, 2009. P. 195. Print.
- De Salvo, Donna. "You are the Weather." Ed. De Salvo, Donna, et al. Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. Göttigen: Steidl, 2009. P. 195. Print.
- Roberta Smith (May 07, 1999) Art in review: Roni Horn New York Times.
- Horn, Roni. "Still Water." Ed. De Salvo, Donna, et al. Roni Horn aka Roni Horn: Subject Index. Göttigen: Steidl, 2009. P. 134. Print.
- Paired, Gold: Félix González-Torres and Roni Horn, October 2, 2009–January 6, 2010 Archived April 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
- Félix González-Torres and Roni Horn, March 31 - April 30, 2005 Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
- Roni Horn, When Dickinson Shut Her Eyes, no. 1259, 1993-2004 Phillips de Pury & Company, London.
- William Wilson (April 22, 1990), Roni Horn and the Art of Abstraction Los Angeles Times
- "Roni Horn aka Roni Horn". tate.org. 2009-01-21. Archived from the original on 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- Roni Horn, August 31, 2010 - October 3, 2010 Kukje Gallery, Seoul.