Jeppe Hein

Associated person(s)
URLsDocumentation Interview with Jeppe Hein on whitehot magazine.
Documentation Artist's CV (pdf)
Artist's page
Youtube Public Art Fund Talk at The New School: The Fall 2015 Public Art Fund Talks at The New School ( series invite Jeppe Hein to talk about his interactive and experiential public sculptures that invite audiences to actively engage with the work. Intimate bench sculptures become private spaces where a pair of friends might perch, while large labyrinths of mirrors and water sculptures encourage the public to participate as a group.

Award2013Ars Fennica award of the Henna and Pertti NiemistöArs Fennica Art FoundationFinland
Award2012Robert-Jacobsen-PreisStiftung WürthGermany
Award2011Kulturpris i Vordingborg KommuneKulturpris i Vordingborg KommuneDenmark
Scholarship20103- year grant of Statens KunstfondStatens KunstfondDenmark
Honour2009Honorary Chair Henry Art GalleryHenry Art GallerySeattle, USA
Scholarship2009Artist in Residence Atelier CalderAtelier CalderSaché, France
Award2007Landschaftskunstpreis NEULANDStiftung NiedersachsenGermany

Solo exhibition2915This WayKunstmuseum WolfsburgWolfsburg
Solo exhibition2018Inhale - Hold - ExhaleKunstmuseum ThunThun, Switzerland
Solo exhibition2016Jeppe HeinLehmbruck-MuseumDuisburg
Solo exhibition2011 - 20121 × Museum 10 × Rooms 11 × worksNeues MuseumNürnberg
Solo exhibition2009Sense CityKunsthal Aarhus lÅrhus

Artworks in Collections

Monography2014Jeppe Hein. Vanitas - Ewig ist eh nichtsNathalie KüchenBerlin Georg-Kolbe-Museum
Monography2015Koenig BooksThe Happiness of Burnout - The Case of Jeppe HeFinn JanningKöln 
Monography2015Hatje Cantz VerlagJeppe Hein: This WayISBN 978-3-7757-4084-5Ostfildern Ralf Beil



Copenhagen, Denmark
Karriere Bar. Hein is co-founder of Karriere Bar, a bar and restaurant in Copenhagen featuring site-specific artworks by international artists.



Paris, Fracnce
He continue with the idea of the labyrinth and this time it's about an "Invisible Labyrinth". At Centre Pompidou he exhibited an interactive virtuel labyrinth.



New York, US
He exhibited at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. His work "Labyrinth" was a project of dematerialisation of the artwork.



Venice, Italy
He participate in the 50th Venice Biennale with his work "Interludes".

1999 - 2000


Frankfurt, Germany
Studied at the Städelschule.

1999 - 2000
1997 - 2003


Copenhagen, Denmark
Royal Danish Academy of Art. As a studenthe was the co-founder of OTTO, a non-commercial organisation that organised art exhibitions at various venues in Denmark between 1997 and 2000.

1997 - 2003


Copenhagen, Denmark


Places of work / studios

Copenhagen / Berlin, Denmark / Germany

Jeppe Hein (Danish, b.1974) is a Danish installation artist who is well-known for producing experimental and interactive works that combine different elements of architecture, art, and even technical inventions. Hein was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and he enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Art from 1997 to 2003. The artist also joined the Städelschule, in Frankfurt, from 1999 to 2000. He was registered as an associate student of the Danish Academy during his time in Frankfurt. While he was still a student, Hein cofounded a non-commercial organization involved in the organization of art exhibitions in Denmark. 
Most of Hein's early works involved the construction of mazes using different media and nonstatic sculptures. Examples of these his early works include Smoking Bench (2003) and Independent Pedestal (2002). Hein tends to produce works with different forms of motion, including fountains and light sculptures, in addition to other forms of motion.
Cited: artnet website, wd.wa. URL: January 22, 2016


2014 ARKENs KUNSTPRIS, Denmark
2013 Ars Fennica award of the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Ars Fennica Art Foundation, Finnland
2012 Robert-Jacobsen-Preis der Stiftung Würth, Germany
2011 Kulturpris i Vordingborg Kommune, Denmark
2010 3- year grant of Statens Kunstfond, Denmark
2009 Honorary Chair Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
2009 Artist in Residence Atelier Calder, Saché, France
2007 Landschaftskunstpreis NEULAND der Stiftung Niedersachsen, Germany
Cited: Artist website URL: January 22, 2016


Works in collections

ARoS Kunstmuseum Aarhus, Denmark
Tate Gallery, London, Great Britain
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Arken, Denmark
MNAM -Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
FNAC Paris, France
FRAC, Marseille, France
Lehnbachhaus, Munich, Germany
MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/M., Germany
SMK, Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark
Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Cited: Artist website URL: January 22, 2016


Group Exhibitions

2015 Construire une Collection, Villa Sauber, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
         Playing future, Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany
         Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, Kunstverein Wiesen, Germany
         Kunst i sollys, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Isøj, Denmark
         The Coming Museum, Forum Engénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal
         Material, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
         Art Altstetten Albisrieden, Stadt Zürich Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Switzerland
         Skulptur im Fokus der Sammlung Würth. Die Robert-Jacobsen-Preisträger der Stiftung Würth, Museum Würth, Künzelsau Germany
         Risk, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent, United Kingdom
         Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh , United Kingdom
         The world was flat, Bildmuseet Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
2014 Spielobjekte, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
         Slapstick! Die Kunst der Komik, LENTOS, Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
         The grass is always greener, CAM, Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
         JORN LAB - Laboratorium for nutidig reception af Asger Jorn, KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
         Man in the Mirror, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussel, Belgium
         Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at University in St. Louis, USA
         Vanitas. Ewig ist eh nichts, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin
         Bikuben, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA
         Jorn-familien, Gimsinghoved Kunst- og Kulturcenter, Struer, Denmark
         Art Festival Watou 2014, Watou, Belgium
         Antworten auf Calder: Mobiles in der Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
         Schwindel der Wirklichkeit, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
         The grass is always greener, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
2013 DYNAMO. A century of light and movement in the art. 1913- 2013, RMN, Grand Palais, Paris, France
         YOU, MOSTYN, Llandudno, Great Britain
         I knOw yoU, IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
         Visionen, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
         Either / Or -Søren Kierkegaard 200 years reflected in contemporary art, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Either / Or -Søren Kierkegaard 200 years reflected in contemporary art, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
         Auf Zeit. Was hinter dem Putz steckt, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
         Slapstick! Alÿs, Bock, Chaplin, Hein, Laurel & Hardy, Keaton, Matta-Clark, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
         The Great Magic – Selected Artworks form the UniCredit Art Collection, MAMbo, Bologna, Italy
         The World Turned Upside Down - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd, Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK
         The Phylogenesis of Generosity, Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, Germany 
         FADING NIGHTS (Parra for Cuva), Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
         Acting in the City, Modified Social Benches spread over the city of Norrköping, Sweden
2012 Regionale 12, Murau, Austria
         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, Great Britain
         Parallelwelt Zirkus, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
         Sammlung Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
         Invisible, Hayward Gallery, London, Great Britain
         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, Gustavsberg, Sweden
         The Mystery Spot, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, France
2011 Small, Medium, Large, Donjon de Vez, France
         Our Magic Hour, Yokohama Triennale 2011, Japan
         Commercial Break, Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
         Höhenrausch.2, OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz, Austria
         No, No, I hardly ever miss a show, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
         Die Kunst der Entschleunigung. Bewegung und Ruhe in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
         Totem and Taboo, quartier21 International MuseumsQuartier, Wien, Austria
         Rewriting Worlds, 4th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, Moscow, Russia
2010 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, Germany
2009 Circus Hein, FRAC Orléans, Orléans, France
         Silent, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
         KURS: SØEN, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum Sorø, Denmark
         The city as a stage: 4 Cultures + 4 Elements = 4 Displays of Public Art in Urban Areas, Cordoba, Spain
         DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool, Great Britain
         The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2008 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 Biennal, Singapore
         Reality Check, SMK – Statens Museum for Konst, Copenhagen, Denmark
         LUSTWARANDE, Tilburg, The Netherlands
         Museum as Medium, Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo, Spain
         Reconstruction #3, Sudeley Castle, Great Britain
         FLUID STREET: Alone, Together, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
         The World as a Stage, ICA Boston, USA
2007 The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London, Great Britain
         Just Use it!, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
         The Freak Show, Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon, France
         Made in Germany, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany
         Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, touring exhibition by iCI
         Half Square, Half Crazy, Villa Arson, Nizza, France
         Absent Without Leave, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Great Britain
2006 This is not for you, T-B A 21, Vienna, Austria
         Exportable Goods, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
         No. 14 Light Play, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
         Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, Great Britain
         Momentum 2006, Moss, Norway
         Sid Ned, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Nichts, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
         Testigos, Fundación NMAC, Cádiz, Spain
         Johann König, Berlin, Germany
         Kit-o-Parts, CAN Neuchâtel, Switzerland
         Le mouvement des images, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
         play station, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
         Backdrop, Bloomberg Space, London, Great Britain
2005 Visionäre Sammlung Vol. 1, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland
         The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1 Torino Triennial of Contemporary Art, Italy
         Black Market Worlds, 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art, CAC Vilnius & ICA Vilnius, Lithuania
         Ecstasy. In and about altered states, MOCA. Los Angeles, USA
         Flux, Illuminate Productions, London, Great Britain
         Kunst findet Stadt, Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
         Wall to be destroyed, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
         Extra Ordinary, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Sweden
         Tanz im August, Berlin, Siemens Arts Program, Germany
         Esprits du Lieu, Château du roi René, FRAC, Tarascon, France
         Sous les ponts, le long de la vallée, Casino Luxembourg
         Light Lab. In the name of the light, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
         L’œil moteur, Les musées de Strasbourg, France
         A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Kunst aus den nordischen Ländern, Kunstverein Kehdingen, Germany
         Moving parts, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
         universal experience. art, life, the tourist eye, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
         Parklandschaften, Lüdenscheid, Germany
2004 Moving Parts, Kunsthalle Graz, Austria
         Connected Presence, Union Gallery, with Johannes Wohnseifer, London, Great Britain
         Performative Architektur, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
         Tra Monti 04, Rome, Italy
         Reflecting the Mirror, Marian Goodman Gallery New York, USA
         Gegen den Strich, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
         Rum I Rum, Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum, Hjørring, Denmark
         A Secret History of Clay: From Gauguin to Gormley, Tate Liverpool, Great Britain
         Quicksand, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
         Gallery Jan Mot, Brussel, Belgium
2003 Jeppe Hein, ROR ProjectRoom. Helsinki, Finland
         Western, Charlottenborg, Autumn Show, Denmark
         2nd Biennial of Ceramic in Contemporary Art, Albisola, Italy
         Ten years Gallery Nicolai Wallner, Gallery Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Skulpturenpark, Graz 2003 Kulturhauptstadt Europas, Austria
         Auf eigene Gefahr, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/M., Germany
         Interludes, 50th Biennale di Venezia, Italy
         Das lebendige Museum, MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/M., Germany
         aufgeschraubt & abgestaubt, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
         The Straight or Crooked Way, Royal College of Art, London, Great Britain
         Schnittprojekte, Schnittraum, Köln, Germany
2002 Ingrepp, Uppsala Kunstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden
         I promise it is political, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
         Fuzzy, Galerie Minini, Brescia, Italy
         Inside/ Outside, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
         Gangurinn The Corridor Gallery, Reikjavik, Island
         Hell, Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
         No Return. Positions from the Collection Haubrok, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
         Art Statements, Art Basel, Galerie Michael Neff, Switzerland
2001 Meglepetes 2 / Surprise 2, Budapest, Hungary
         F20 P01. Frankfurter Positionen 2001, Städelschule Frankfurt / M., Germany
         Changes possible, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
         Stage. Design of meeting point for interviews and discussions, In connection with the IASPIS, Venice, Italy
         Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
         Arbeit, Essen, Angst, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany
         Strategies against Architecture II, Pisa, Italy
         Take off 20:01, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2000 Festival Junger Talente, Frankfurt/M., Germany
         Dynamo Eintracht, Hauptzollamt, Städelschule Frankfurt / Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Germany
         Charlottenborg, Autumn Show
         Mandelbaums Wunderöl, Köln – Berlin, Germany
         onepercent artspace, Video Lounge design, Stockholm Art Fair, Germany
1999 On Paper, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Germany
         Anarchitectur, De Appel, Amsterdam. In collaboration with Frans Jacobi and Lars Bent Petersen, The Netherlands
         Cellar, OTTO, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cited: Artist website URL: January 22, 2016


Solo Exhibitions

2015 This Way, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
         ALL WE NEED IS INSIDE, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
         Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art, Public Art Fund at Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York, USA
         Opening, König Galerie, St. Agnes, Berlin, Germany
2014 Distance, LIFE - Lieu International des Formes Emergentes, France
         Stillhet, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 A Smile For You, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
         A Smile For You, Wanås Konst, Knislinge, Sweden
         Distance, ARoS Kunstmuseum, Åarhus, Denmark
         Jeppe Hein, Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark
         YOU, Johann König at St. Agnes, Berlin, Germany
         There are no ordinary moments, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2012 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
2011 I am right here right now, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
         360°, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
         303 Gallery, New York, USA
2010 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, Germany
         Distance, IMA -Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
         Jeppe Hein, PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
         Mobile Mobile, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Appearing Rooms, Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, Australia
2009 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, Århus, 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  
2008 Illusion, Frieze Art Project, London, Great Britain
         From Seriousness to Silliness, Dan Graham + Jeppe Hein, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne; Germany
         From Seriousness to Silliness, Dan Graham + Jeppe Hein, Gallery Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
         Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
         PLEASE..., 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2007 Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France
         Illusion, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
         Johann König, Berlin, Germany
         Distance, The Curve, Barbican Art Centre, London, Great Britain
         Inbetween, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Fontane, ZERO Gallery, Milano, Italy
         Diagonal Space, Base Room, Florence, Italy
         Reflection, Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Hayward Gallery, London, Great Britain
         Delme Synagogue, Delme, France
         Usynlig Labyrint, X-Rummet, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
         This exhibition is in some way a contribution to the beauty, the ugliness, the stupidity and the cheerfulness in life., Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
         Appearing Rooms, Preston, Great Britain
2005 Simplified, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
         Distance, The Moore Space, Miami, USA
         Private Rain, Sculptureparc Bodø, Norway
         Neonwall, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
         Invisible Labyrinth, Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
         Roller Coaster, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden
         Minimal Overload, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
         New Minimal, La Salle de bains, Lyon, France
2004 Anziehung/Abstoßung, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
         Appearing Rooms, Villa Manin, Passariano, Italy
         Intervention Impact, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
         Distance, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
         Flying Cube, P.S.1. MOMA, New York, USA
2003 Bear the Consequences, Gallery Brändström & Stene, Stockholm, Sweden
         Continuity Reflecting Space, Foundation La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
         Presenting/Representing, Gallery Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
         Take a Walk in the Forest at Sunlight, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany
2002 Take a Walk in the Forest at Moonlight, CAPC Musee d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
         360° Presence, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
         Space in Action / Action in Space, Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau München, Germany
2001 Sving, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt / M., Germany
1998 Summer, OTTO, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cited: Artist website URL: January 22, 2016



Are you really here photo Are you really here 2014 Jeppe Hein 
Double Enlightenment photo Double Enlightenment 2014 Jeppe Hein 
Light Pavilion photo Light Pavilion 2009 Jeppe Hein 
Pulse photo Pulse 2013 Jeppe Hein