Exhibition

Roger Hiorns
Today

Mar. 23 - June 30, 2024

Roger Hiorns, Ohne Titel (Pathways), Jugend und Mercedes-Motor, 2011- Ongoing, Courtesy the Artist
Roger Hiorns, Untitled (Pathways), Youth and Mercedes Engine, 2011- Ongoing, Courtesy the Artist

The work of British artist Roger Hiorns is a thoughtful reflection upon the fragility of human life and the matrix of political structures that condition it. The notion of authority, the authoritarian systems and the control they impose lie at the core of his multifaceted practice.

"Over a number of years", the artist writes, "I have tried to portray the body and its being in the many variations of pressure and condition it suffers, within a studio practice that is poor and ungovernable.”

Today is Roger Hiorns' first solo exhibition in an art institution in Germany. It consists of a fine selection of his iconic living sculptures from the series "Youths" in a dialogue with the artist’s poignant series of sex paintings. Additionally, a new work - a sound installation, based upon BBC daily morning broadcast “Today” - will be on view.

Roger Hiorns was born in Birmingham in 1975. He received his BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1996. His primary media is painting, sculpture and installation, using a wide variety of materials, including metals, wood, brain matter, crystallization and plastics. He also works in the media of video and photography.

Hiorns has been featured in a number of exhibitions at institutions throughout Europe and the Americas, including the Biennale of Venice; MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Armand Hammer Museum of Art at UCLA, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and De Hallen, Haarlem.

Hiorns’ work is included in such institutional collections as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; and Tate Modern, London. In 2009, Hiorns was nominated for the Turner Prize for his critically acclaimed work Seizure, a massive crystallization within the interior of a bedsit in a condemned South London council estate. In 2011, Seizure was acquired by the Arts Council Collection and is currently on a ten-year loan for exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Yorkshire, England. Hiorns has recently had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Centre PasquArt, Biel; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; and SNGMA, Edinburgh.

Hiorns lives and works in London.


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