from 27.06.2012 to 28.10.2012

Jeppe Hein

Hexagonal Water Pavilion

Jeppe Hein develops sculptures and installations that recall Minimal Art, and with which he relates to the spatial structures and situation of exhibition spaces. The Danish artist is currently exhibiting an unusual work at Klarissenplatz in front of the museum: an artwork in the shape of a walk-in fountain.

Viewed from above, Jeppe Hein's Water Pavilion has the basic form of a cube that has been drawn isometrically. Using this motif a system of 16 walls has come into being. At first sight the fountain looks impassable. The water is sprayed 2.5 metres into the air. In most of Jeppe Hein's fountains, which he has been building for ten years, the flow of water is stopped by a sensor when someone comes close, thus allowing one to enter the individual rooms. In the case of the Nuremberg fountain Hexagonal Water Pavilion the viewer is however allowed to enter on a computer-controlled basis. According to chance principles, walls of water are switched off and thus allow a way through the maze of water. The result is a wonderful ephemeral structure, a communicative water playground.

A lot of visitors will still remember the exhibition by Jeppe Hein which he devised last year for the Neues Museum. Also on show at that time was his work 360° Illusion II, which is now in the collection of the Neues Museums on permanent loan from the Kunstsammlung HypoVereinsbank – Member of UniCredit, and which can now be looked at once again in astonishment. A large rotating angle made of mirror foil, attached to the museum facade, leads to unexpected impressions.