The Artbarn
November 4, 2023 – February 9, 2024
The ARNDT Collection is delighted to announce the solo presentation of sculptural works by internationally acclaimed Danish, Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein in November 2023. This project will include an exhibition within the ARNDT Collection's The Artbarn Art Space, showcasing a selection of pieces from the artist’s key artwork series’ that include Hein’s coloured Mirrored Balloons and appellative neon texts glowing behind two-way mirrors. This survey of works will continue outside in the natural environment with a curation of large-scale outdoor sculptures from the artist's Modified Social Benches pieces staged throughout the ARNDT Collection's property in Cape Schanck, Australia; in addition to one of the artist’s famed Mirror Labyrinth installations.

Finding inspiration in the constant regeneration of perception, Jeppe Hein's work asks the viewer to become aware of the elemental processes that form sensory reality. Born from ideas in Eastern philosophy and sculpture's potential for profound spatial recombination, the works offer a world of experiential simultaneity. Hein is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Unique in their formal simplicity and notable for their frequent use of humour, his pieces engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. The artist’s works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the centre of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space that promote positive interaction and a sense of playful engagement.

Working with social issues, Hein utilises his sculptures as “tools” to get in touch with the world and others and “uncover the social aspects of society”. His Modified Social Benches exemplify this approach. Unlike typical benches, they consist of elongated, tilting, winding, and rapidly rising or falling lines of seating. These benches of course offer a place to sit, rest and observe one’s surroundings. However, their playful nature also makes them communication instruments, allowing users to climb, slide, jump and explore, while sharing smiles and laughter with the people they encounter on them. The bench designs borrow their basic form from the ubiquitous park or garden bench seen everywhere but are altered to various degrees making the act of sitting on them a conscious physical endeavour. Due to their alterations, the benches end up somewhere between a dysfunctional object and a functional piece of furniture, and therefore demonstrate the contradiction between artwork and functional object.

As with much of Hein’s prolific oeuvre, the works within this exhibition have been conceived with a sincere intent: to spark joy, alter perceptions, open the viewer to new experiences, and create the conditions that foster moments of empathy and fellowship.

As the artist furthers: “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 artworks; 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 unexpected. 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.”

When speaking about his works for this exhibition Hein comments: “My work shall sharpen people’s senses, raise their awareness and perception of their surroundings, and encourage a dialogue between them. They are an excellent opportunity for social interaction, for playfulness and laughter, and for reflection of one’s view and behaviour. And I believe that sharing your perspective, exchanging your experiences with others, and opening up your heart to them, evokes people’s empathy that they will again pass on to others, which is needed in times like these.”
— Jeppe Hein, 2023

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974) is a Danish artist based in Berlin. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and the Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt a. M. Solo shows include Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2022); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2020); Breathe with Me at UN Headquarters and in Central Park, New York City (2019); Kunstmuseum Thun (2018); Château La Coste (2017); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2015); Brooklyn Bridge Park New York (2015); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2013); 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2011); IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (2010); ARoS Kunstmuseum, Århus (2009); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009); Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes (2007); Sculpture Center, New York (2007); The Curve, Barbican Art Centre, London (2007); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005) and P.S.1. MOMA, New York (2004) among others. He participated in La Biennale di Venezia’s 58th edition in 2019 and 50th edition in 2003. In 2022 he received the Carte Blanche by Maison Ruinart. Permanent installations are on view at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (2021); La Guardia Airport, USA (2020); Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles Island (2018); Kistefos-Museet, Norway (2016); Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2013); City of Perth (2012); KUNSTEN Museum for Modern Art Aalborg (2011) and Bristol University (2009) among others.

For further press enquiries and artist interviews contact: Rachael Vance,

This exhibition is in collaboration with KÖNIG, GALERIE, Berlin.