Long Modified Bench Auckland 2011
Powder-coated aluminium and LEDs
A temporary installation commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Courtesy of the artist and Johann König, Berlin and 303 Gallery, New York.
Long Modified Bench Auckland was one of three temporary sculptural projects commissioned to celebrate the 2011 re-opening of the Auckland Art Gallery after extensive re-building. It was sited on the Edmiston Sculpture Terrace, an L-shaped terrace facing Albert Park. Two components of the work seemingly penetrate the terrace to connect to the galleries below.
Benches have featured in Jeppe Hein’s work since 2000 and have become increasing more complex over time. Long Modified Bench Auckland with its various rollercoaster like forms was the first to include light.
Curator Natasha Conland noted how Hein’s benches ...invite curiosity and a desire for exploration. But the principles of the common bench remain - they are go-betweens in spaces of leisure and work, or urban and park-side settings.
References: Catalogue essay by Natasha Conland, Auckland Art Gallery, 2011.
Photographs: Jennifer French.
Jeppe HEIN b. 1974
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jeppe Hein now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Hein studied art at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen and at the Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt.
In 1997 he co-founded OTTO, a non-commercial exhibition forum, in Copenhagen and in 2007 he set up Karriere, a restaurant and art venue. Since 1997 he has exhibited in both solo and group shows; including: Please Touch the Art, a Public Art Fund project, New York, USA, 2015; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2011; Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany 2010; Perth International Arts Festival and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia, 2010; Sculpture Center, New York, USA, 2007; Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 2006; Liverpool Biennial, UK, 2006; MOCA, Los Angeles, USA, 2005; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2005; MOMA PS1, New York, USA, 2004.
Major public commissions include: Path of Silence, Kistefos-Museet, Jevnaker, Norway, 2016; Blue Modified Social Benches, Copenhagen/Kastrup, Denmark, 2015; Water Pavilion Perth, Perth, Western Australia, 2012; Water Pavilion Aalborg, KINSTON Museum for Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark, 2011; Connecting Views, EMSCHERKUNST.2010, European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, Essen, Germany, 2010; Follow Me, Bristol University, Great Britain, 2009; Lightline, Sydbank, Aabenraa, Denmark, 2008; Oppenheim Bank, Cologne, Germany, 2008; Appearing Rooms, Expo 2008, Zaragoza, Spain, 2008; Monsieur Canal, Thoraise, Canal du Rhône au Rhin, France, 2008; Water Flame, Geo Center, Møns Klint, Denmark, 2007; Chiswick Park, London, Great Britain, 2007; Place de la Fleur, Lorient, France, 2006; Water Island, Leeuwenborgh College Maastricht, 2006; Blomsten, EPO Den Haag, Netherlands, 2004.
His work is featured in major public and private collections.