The exhibition Rebecca Horn & Guests, featured at UGM Maribor Art Gallery in the occasion of the celebration of Slovenia’s capital Maribor as cultural capital 2012, is more than just a comprehensive retrospective of Rebecca Horn’s oeuvre. It is designed as an intercultural project that includes not only the works of renowned German artist but intertwines them with selected works of further fine art artists, thus establishing more and less direct references and entanglements between different generations, cultural contexts and artistic expression.
Rebecca Horn invited Matthias Deumlich (1962), Ali Kaaf (1977), Antonio Paucar(1973), Jakob Schaible (1978) and Markus Wüste (1970) to showcase their most recent and prominent artworks within the framework of her own retrospective. Employing different material and techniques, all five artists have developed a strong individual artistic language in order to reflect their subjective perception of aesthetic, societal and historical subject matters.
Carefully selected and positioned by the artist herself, the exhibition visualizes and emphasizes the multifaceted and interconnected layers of material and aesthetic references between more than 50 works. The exhibition combines works of a variety of media, photography, films and video, drawings, collages, performance and various sculptures from six artists that not only vary in media, but also in artistic approach, cultural and generational context, and sources of inspiration. What the body of works has in common and what speaks to Rebecca Horn’s oeuvre is their sensibility towards material, time, space and human perception. All artworks succeed in the creation of an aesthetic surface that is lightheartedly deep in meaning and intense in perception.
For this occasion, since being the first presentation of Rebecca Horn in Slovenia, the artist made an art installation exclusively for Maribor called Will o’ the Wisps.