Copenhagen 1974 - lives in Berlin
"Mirror Balloons with Tree Trunk", 2015
glass fiber reinforced plastic, chrome lacquer, magnet, string (yellow, purple, may green), birch trunk
3 balloons, each 40 x 26 x 26 cm (15 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
"I AM YOU (handwritten)", 2018
Powder coated aluminium, neon tubes, two-way mirror, powder coated steel, transformers
100 × 100 × 10 cm (39 2/5 × 39 2/5 × 3 9/10 in.)
Jeppe Hein is considered a pioneer of a new, playful notion of contemporary sculpture and is known for simple connections of materials that otherwise do not go together, e. g. fire and water. His oeuvre is impressive on account of reduced and precise objects that question the viewer's point of view. Hein uses the strict formal language of Minimalism, but he adds social and playful components to it. Movement, kinetic fantasy and interactive surprise belong to the vocabulary of his work. Benches that suddenly move due to the weight of the viewer sitting on them; water fountains that open up for the visitor and surround him with four splashing walls; it is always about the dynamic relationship to the perceiver, about closeness and distance between people and things, about movement towards or away from one another. Hein studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1997 to 2003. From 1999 to 2000, he attended the fine arts academy Städelschule in Frankfurt as an exchange student.