OpenArt Biennale Search


Jeppe Hein 1974, Denmark (Germany)

My approach to a public project, and the reconfiguration of a public space, focuses
on the attempt to integrate art into everyday life, by embedding it into the area. The
relationship between artwork, architecture, and the private and public space is my
key concern. A structure of association between space, object and observer should
be created. Consequently, my public projects are mostly site-specific, referring to the
urban development and architecture. They are influenced by the context of the area,
its ambience and environment as well as its inhabitants. The open character of public
spaces offers the opportunity to work in a very conceptual way. Without any
institutional restrictions, the conditions of nature, space, the public and the
surroundings can be reflected and then translated into an artistic idea.
My work explores the situation between the viewer, the artwork and the environment,
challenging the role of art in different environments and social contexts – in the
museum as well as public space. Interaction is a distinctive element of my artwork,
thus the viewer plays a vital role. My installations offer the viewer the possibility of
participation in the action of a piece, or of being confronted with the surprise of the
For me, the concept of sculpture is closely linked with communication. Rather than
passive perception and theoretical reflection, the visitor’s direct and physical
experiences are more important to me. Thus, I understand sculpture as a system of
reference between space and viewer, with a capacity to communicate the process of
»movement«, by which I attempt to break traditional attitudes and expectations of art.


Courtesy of König Galerie, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen