Maruani Mercier Gallery opens its first solo exhibition of works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein
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Maruani Mercier Gallery opens its first solo exhibition of works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein
Jeppe Hein, Light Blue Modified Social Bench #01, 2021. Powder-coated aluminium, 153 x 374 x 45 cm - 60 x 147 x 17 in. AP 1/2.

KNOKKE.- Maruani Mercier Gallery announced the first solo exhibition of Danish artist Jeppe Hein at the gallery, presenting iconic works that riff on themes of introspection, togetherness, and play. Signature mirrored works and mind-bending installations are coupled with murals depicting blue waves, painted with the guidance of the artist's breath, uniting temporality, imagination, and flow. With the gallery space set in motion, Hein offers us a way to see the world from an infinite amount of perspectives. Two of his iconic benches––one placed on the Zeedijk boardwalk, and the other inside the Kustlaan gallery––invite visitors to interact with the whimsical structures that offer more than a place to sit. He compels us to dream, asking us: WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES, WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) 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 humor, his works engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalist sculpture and Conceptual art of the 1970s. His works are collected by notable institutions worldwide including Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark, Tate Gallery, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Playing on the theme of social interaction in natural and urban spaces, Hein’s prolific body of installation work—such as his mirror labyrinths, water pavilions, and benches—are the highlight of top collections including the Rijksmuseum, Netherlands and the ARKEN Museum, Denmark. One of his largest, Path of Silence (2016) placed at the Kistefos-Museet in Norway, is an exceptional example that combines the three aforementioned elements, providing a space for contemplation and reflection. Other public works can be found in unexpected locations in cities including Copenhagen, New York, and Shanghai.

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