Selected works by Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein
Shaking Cube


Aluminium and motor

50 x 50 x 50cm
Imbuing technology with an element of surprise and humour, Jeppe Hein’s interactive works playfully remind viewers of their vital part in activating art’s communicative potential. At first glance Hein’s sculptures appear to be uncomplicated, formally simple affairs possibly nodding to 1970s conceptual art and minimalism, but something happens as they are approached: they react to human presence.

Shaking Cube (2004), an aluminium box placed directly on the floor, starts to vibrate when a visitor goes near it, stopping after a few seconds only to begin trembling again if the invisible field of motion sensors around it is entered again. We know it’s not alive, but it makes us take another look. Its sudden frantic movement and noise have a somewhat slapstick quality – think wind-up chattering teeth – but its animation is also disquieting, automaton-like, as if expressing alarm, a warning about something we cannot understand.
Jeppe Hein
Mirror Wall


Mirror foil, wooden frame substructure, vibration system

200 x 356 cm
Something similar happens when visitors get close to Mirror Wall (2010). What at first appears to be a large but straightforward mirror begins to move slightly when approached. Viewing one’s vibrating reflection in it and the accompanying distorted backdrop of the gallery space creates a sense of dizziness and a strange feeling of separation from the familiar. It prompts us instinctively to re-calibrate our spatial awareness and our relationship to what we see and where we are.

Hein’s experiential, perceptual magic tricks are his vehicle for raising engagement between art and its audience. He makes work that can only be experienced through participation, expanding our notion of what art is or could be. ‘For me, the concept of sculpture is closely linked with communication… By challenging the physical attention of the viewer, an active dialogue between artwork, surrounding and other visitors is established that lends the sculpture a social quality.’

Jeppe Hein's Biography

Jeppe Hein
Born in 1974, in Copenhagen
Lives and works in Copenhagen/Berlin


Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Wanås Foundation, Sweden

Robert-Jacobsen-Preisträger, Museum Würth, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
Hexagonal Water Pavilion, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany
Sacra Conversazione by Alexander Tovborg and Jeppe Hein, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark

I am right here right now, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
360°, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
303 Gallery, New York, USA

1 x Museum, 10 x Rooms, 11 x Works, Jeppe Hein, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany
Jeppe Hein and Larry Bell, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
backyardoutdoorsculptureseries#5: Modified Social Benches, Johann König, Berlin
Distance, IMA -Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
Perth International Arts Festival and
PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia
Mobile Mobile, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark

Artist in Residence Atelier Calder, Saché, France
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
Hello? Shall I call you back?, Jan Mot, Brussels, Belgium
Sense City, ARoS Kunstmuseum, Ã…rhus, Denmark
Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany
Invisible Labyrinth + Frac Île-de-France, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, France
Please, Please Please … Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Kuru Kuru, SCAI -THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan

Illusion, Frieze Art Project, London, Great Britain
From Seriousness to Silliness, Dan Graham + Jeppe Hein, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
From Seriousness to Silliness, Dan Graham + Jeppe Hein,
Gallery Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
PLEASE…,303 Gallery, New York

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, Carré d’Art,
Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes
Illusion, Sculpture Center, New York
Johann König, Berlin
Distance, The Curve, Barbican Art Centre, London
Inbetween, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo

Fontane, ZERO Gallery, Milano
Diagonal Space, Base Room, Florence
Reflection, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Hayward Gallery, London
Delme Synagogue, Delme, France
Usynlig Labyrint, X-Rummet, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf

Simplified, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Distance, The Moore Space, Miami
Private Rain, Sculptureparc Bodø, Norway
Neonwall, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Invisible Labyrinth, Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris
Roller Coaster, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg
Minimal Overload, Galerie Johann König, Berlin
New Minimal, La Salle de bains, Lyon

Anziehung/Abstoßung, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Appearing Rooms, Villa Manin, Passariano, Italy
Intervention Impact, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Distance, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
Flying Cube, P.S.1. MOMA, New York

Bear the Consequences, Gallery Brändström & Stene, Stockholm
Continuity Reflecting Space, Foundation La Caixa, Barcelona
Presenting/Representing, Gallery Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Take a Walk in the Forest at Sunlight, Kunstverein Heilbronn

Take a Walk in the Forest at Moonlight, CAPC Musee d`art Contemporain, Bordeaux
360° Presence, Galerie Johann König, Berlin
Space in Action / Action in Space, Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau München

Sving, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt / M.

Summer, OTTO, Copenhagen


Luminous! Dynamic! Space and Vision in art from today back to 1913, RMN, Grand Palais, Paris, France
You, MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK
I know you, IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Regionale 12, Murau, Austria (group)
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA
Treffpunkt: Berlin, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
Beaufort04, Den Haan, Belgium
30 Künstler / 30 Räume, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany
House of Cards, Waddesdon Manor, London, UK
Parallelwelt Zirkus, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
Sammlung Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Invisible, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
We Will Disappear You, Frutta Gallery, Rome, Italy
Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt? – Zehn Internationale Bildhauer, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
ILOVIT, Copenhagen Art Festival, Denmark
Enlightened: Electric light as the fairy of art, Konsthallen Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden

Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
Höhenrausch.2, OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz, Austria

Bild für Bild - Film und zeitgenössische Kunst, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Nordic Models + Common Ground, Scandinavia House, New York, USA
Lichtparcours Braunschweig, Germany
100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, IMA, Indianapolis, USA
SNAPSHOTS OF TOURISM, Gallery Augusta - HIAP Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
EMSCHERKUNST.2010 - European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, Essen, Germany
Circus Hein at Open Space, Art Cologne

Circus Hein, FRAC Orléans, Orléans, France
Silent, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
KURS: SØEN, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum Sorø, Denmark
Appearing Rooms, Cordoba, Spain
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool, UK
The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection,
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Take Me There – Show Me The Way, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, USA
Platform Seoul 2008, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Fabricateurs d’espaces, Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Lyon, France
Wonder, Singapore Biennial, Singapore
Reality Check, SMK – Statens Museum for Konst, Copenhagen, Denmark
LUSTWARANDE, Tilburg, Netherlands
Museum as Medium, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo, Spain
Reconstruction #3, Sudeley Castle, Great Britain
FLUID STREET: Alone, Together, KIASMA, Helsinki
The World as a Stage, ICA Boston

The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London
Just Use it!, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg
The Freak Show, Musée art contemporain, Lyon
Made in Germany, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, touring exhibition by iCI
Half Square, Half Crazy, Villa Arson, Nizza, France
Absent Without Leave, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

This is not for you, T-B A 21, Vienna
Exportable Goods, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
No. 14 Light Play, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool
Momentum 2006, Moss, Norway
Sid Ned, Copenhagen
Nichts, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Preston, UK
Testigos, Fundación NMAC, Cádiz, Spain
Johann König, Berlin
Kit-o-Parts, CAN Neuchâtel
Le mouvement des images, Centre Pompidou, Paris
play station, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Backdrop, Bloomberg Space, London

Visionäre Sammlung Vol. 1, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich
The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1 Torino Triennial of Contemporary Art
Black Market Worlds, 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art, CAC Vilnius & ICA Vilnius
Ecstasy. In and about altered states, MOCA. Los Angeles
Flux, Illuminate Productions, London
Kunst findet Stadt, Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen
Wall to be destroyed, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
Extra Ordinary, Kulturhuset Stockholm
Tanz im August, Berlin, Siemens Arts Program
Esprits du Lieu, Château du roi René, FRAC, Tarascon, FR
Sous les ponts, le long de la vallée, Casino Luxembourg
Light Lab. In the name of the light, Museion, Bolzano, IT
L’oeil moteur, Les musées de Strasbourg
A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Kunst aus den nordischen Ländern, Kunstverein Kehdingen
Moving parts, Museum Tinguely, Basel
universal experience. art, life, the tourist eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Parklandschaften, Lüdenscheid

Moving Parts, Kunsthalle Graz
Connected Presence, Union Gallery, with Johannes Wohnseifer, London
Intervention Impact, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Tra Monti 04, Rome
Reflecting the Mirror, Marian Goodman Gallery New York
Gegen den Strich, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Rum I Rum, Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum, Hjørring, DK
A Secret History of Clay: From Gauguin to Gormley, Tate Liverpool
Quicksand, De Appel, Amsterdam
Gallery Jan Mot, Brussel

Jeppe Hein, ROR ProjectRoom. Helsinki
Western, Charlottenborg, Autumn Show, DK
2nd Biennial of Ceramic in Contemporary Art, Albisola
Ten years Gallery Nicolai Wallner, Gallery Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Skulpturenpark, Graz 2003 Kulturhauptstadt Europas
Auf eigene Gefahr, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/M.
Interludes, 50th Biennale di Venezia
Das lebendige Museum, MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/M.
aufgeschraubt & abgestaubt, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen
The Straight or Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London
Schnittprojekte, Schnittraum, Köln

Ingrepp, Uppsala Kunstmuseum, Uppsala
I promise it is political, Museum Ludwig, Köln
Fuzzy, Galerie Minini, Brescia
Inside/ Outside, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Gangurinn The Corridor Gallery, Reikjavik
Hell, Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin
No Return. Positions from the Collection Haubrok,
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Art Statements, Art Basel, Galerie Michael Neff

Meglepetes 2 / Surprise 2, Budapest
F20 P01. Frankfurter Positionen 2001, Städelschule Frankfurt / M.
Changes possible, Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Stage. Design of meeting point for interviews and discussions, In connection with the
IASPIS, Venice
Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein
Arbeit, Essen, Angst, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen
Strategies against Architecture II, Pisa
Take off 20:01, Aarhus Kunstmuseum

Festival Junger Talente, Frankfurt/M.
Dynamo Eintracht, Hauptzollamt, Städelschule Frankfurt / Hochschule für Bildende
Künste Dresden
Charlottenborg, Autumn Show
Mandelbaums Wunderöl, Köln – Berlin
onepercent artspace, Video Lounge design, Stockholm Art Fair

On Paper, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen
Anarchitecture, De Appel, Amsterdam. In collaboration with Frans Jacobi and Lars Bent

Cellar, OTTO, Copenhagen