Jeppe Hein 360°

2011.4.29(Fri.) - 2011.8.31(Wed.)



2011.4.29(Fri.) - 2011.8.31(Wed.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays (Open on May 2, July 18 and August 15) and July 19


■Tickets of "Jeppe Hein 360°"
General : ¥1,000
College students : ¥800
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥400
65 and older : ¥800

General : ¥800
College students : ¥600
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥300

Note: Tickets also allow admission to the Collection Exhibition
■Dual Ticket of "Jeppe Hein 360°" and "Inner Voices" *July 30 - August 31
General : ¥1,700
College students : ¥1,400
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥700
65 and older : ¥1,400

General : ¥1,400
College students : ¥1,100
Elem/ JH/ HS : ¥800

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-76-220-2802

“360°” is the young Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s first solo exhibition at a Japanese art museum. Staged in seven galleries and in corridors, the exhibition offers ten works, including humorous installation works exploring the viewer’s relationship with art. The title, “360°,” while reflecting the Museum’s round design open in all directions, expresses Hein’s wish to draw viewers into involvement, and his desire to awaken new perceptions of spaces by means of artworks in motion using water,
mirrors and light. “360°” will be an interactive exhibition offering playful encounters with spaces.

Related Projects

Gallery Tour with the Curator

Saturday, April 30, 14:00 –
Saturday, July 2, 14:00 –
Friday, July 22, 18:30 –
Saturday, August 20, 14:00 –
Meeting Place: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge (with same-day ticket to this exhibition)
Language: Japanese

Lecture by the Curator

Date/time: Saturday, July 16 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge
Capacity: 80
Language: Japanese / English

Let’s Read Picture Books

Date/time: Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 9 13:00 - 13:30
Meeting Place: Breast-feeding Room (next to Kids' Studio), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge
Language: Japanese

Selected Exhibited Works

  • Rotating Pyramid II, 2007
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Rotating Pyramid II

    A mirrored pyramid mounted on a wall rotates slowly around its axis, throwing varying light reflections on the surrounding walls. With each respective position, the mirrored surfaces reflect sections of the ceiling, floor and the walls of the room. Thus, a work of formal simplicity enables a new, disjoined perception of space, as if the reflected fragments of the surrounding surfaces and objects have recomposed the room. The abstract composition of line, colour and form is reminiscent of the view through a kaleidoscope.

  • Light Pavilion, 2009
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Light Pavilion

    Several light chains hang down from the ceiling of the exhibition room as a string. Slowly moving upwards, a pavilion of light chains appears that visitors may enter before it sinks down again. Visitors exploring in back of the wall in the middle of the room are suddenly facing a person pedaling on an exercise bike, thus making the installation go up and down.

  • Invisible Moving Wall, 2001
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Invisible Moving Wall

    Almost imperceptibly, a large-scale, freestanding wall moves slowly back and forth between two walls of an exhibition room, at times blocking the way on one or the other side. Walking through the exhibition and returning to places previously experienced, visitors might notice that the wall has been repositioned, but, without really knowing how. Thus, the exhibition space is not only redesigned constantly; visitors are also encouraged to consider how they perceive a space.

  • Rotating Square II, 2011
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Rotating Square II

    Within a picture frame mounted on the wall, a blank sheet of white paper continuously rotates at high speed. At first glance, the rotating object comes across as a circular form, but looking at it more closely, it turns out to be a square rotating so fast that it is perceived as a circle.

  • Invisible Labyrinth, 2005
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Invisible Labyrinth

    An imaginary labyrinth without the physical walls that usually direct the movement of the visitors is installed in the exhibition room. Instead, the maze structure is organized by infrared signals. At the entrance, visitors find a board with infrared sensor headsets, which react with a vibrating alarm when an infrared signal, equivalent to an invisible wall, is received. Visitors thus combine the visual information with the technologically produced invisible leads, recreating the labyrinth in their imagination. Invisible Labyrinth is a new form of architecture or sculpture, since it is no longer a visible or physically tangible object but a work of the imagination and thus only becomes a sculpture through the interactivity and psychology of the viewer.

  • Changing Neon Sculpture, 2006,
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Changing Neon Sculpture

    Changing Neon Sculpture is a huge neon cube—reminiscent of a Rubik’s cube—formed of 27 smaller cubes made of neon tubes. The cubes’ illumination changes every 2 seconds, displaying a sequence of different consistent forms, such as pyramids, stairs, etc., and thus creating a new light sculpture each time. Equipped with a sensor detecting the presence of a visitor, the cube will stop its light movement as soon as a visitor approaches. The sculpture will remain in this
    state as long as the visitor stays. It will change its display again after the visitor has left the space.

  • Cage and Mirror, 2011
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Cage and Mirror

    A huge cage defines the gallery space, and even though it is made of rough iron rods, its structure appears light and open. The slender bended bars offer views from inside and outside. People are allowed to enter the cage and walk around the huge mirror hanging in its middle. Looking at the mirror as it turns almost imperceptibly, viewers are confronted with an unusual perspective on their surroundings that results from the movement of the mirror image.

  • 360° Gallery, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2011

    360° Gallery, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

    A new work created by photographing a gallery of the Museum. A camera has been rotated in 15° increments to shoot consecutive images of the same gallery space. A full 360° rotation of the room appears in the resulting 24 photos.

  • Rotating Labyrinth, 2007
    Photo: Keizo KIOKU

    Rotating Labyrinth

    Rotating Labyrinth is a maze structure made of mirrored lamellae, which reflect the surroundings, the visitors, as well as each other. The lamellae form a structure of two concentric circles. Their completely mirrored surface lets the elements melt with their surroundings to become invisible to a certain degree. Moreover the inner and the outer circles slowly rotate in opposite directions. As the visitor enters and passes through the sculpture, the installation thereby challenges the physical and psychic attention of the viewer and aims at an active, playful interaction with the work. The work directly subverts and displaces our experience and perception of our surroundings and ourselves.

  • Please Reflect, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2011

    Please Reflect, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa staff have been photographed forming letters of the alphabet, using their reflections in a mirror. The letters are combined in words such as FEEL and PARTICIPATE and displayed in corridors interconnecting the galleries, as messages that encourage communication.
    All images/
    Installation view of "Jeppe Hein 360°"
    Courtesy: Johann König, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York and SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo

Artist Profile

  • Photo by Anne Mie Dreves

    Jeppe Hein

    Born in Copenhagen in 1974. Graduated from Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen and Städel Hochschule für Bildende Kunste, Frankfurt / Main. Currently based in Berlin.
    Besides his numerous solo exhibitions at art museums, including Sculpture Center in New York, Hayward Gallery in London and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Hein has participated in international art festivals such as the Liverpool Biennial and Biennale di Venezia. In 2009, he held a large-scale exhibition at ARoS Kunstmuseum Aarhus, Denmark. He has also produced permanent public art works such as Water Pavilions, Modified Social Benches, and Mirrors Labyrinths for various locations worldwide. Hein creates humorous, witty artworks that respond to the viewer’s involvement, thereby occasioning communication among viewers.



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

Patronized by:

Royal Danish Embassy, THE HOKKOKU SHIMBUN