• Post-War & Contemporary Art Da auction at Christies

    Sale 12245

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    7 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 232

    RONI HORN (B. 1955)

    Pairs Object 3


    RONI HORN (B. 1955)
    Pairs Object 3
    copper and stainless steel, in four parts
    overall dimensions variable
    each: 15in. (38.1cm.)
    Executed in 1987

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    In Roni Horn’s Pairs Object 3 (1987), four spherical copper and stainless steel forms imbue their vacant surrounding space with a palpable energy. Part of Horn’s celebrated Pair Object series, the work is a compelling examination of situational environments and their impact on identical forms. Designed to be placed in adjoining rooms, the work invites the viewer to encounter the same object in repeated contexts, seeking to elicit subtle variations in perception. As the artist explains, ‘Two identical works are each placed in separate rooms. The viewer goes from one room to the other, finding in the first room a unique object, but in the second, a familiar experience – because it’s the experience of an identical thing. So you go from the experience of something that is completely unique to the experience of something of it as reductive. And of course the idea of the identical is a paradox since you always have a here and a there, a now and a then’ (R. Horn, quoted in L. Neri (ed.), Roni Horn, London 2000, p. 129). Borrowing from Minimalist vocabulary, Horn presents the four objects as pure essential entities, at once timeless, unique and autonomous. Through a reductive and repetitive interruption of space, she directly engages with the concepts of doubling, binary tension and shifting identity that lie at the very heart of her practice.


    Pétur Arason Collection, Iceland (acquired directly from the artist in 1996).
    Anon. sale, Sotheby’s London, 29 June 2010, lot 147.
    Private Collection.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby’s London, 13 February 2013, lot 269.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    G. Kristjánsdóttir (ed.), Árátta, Sýning úr Einkasafni Péturs Arasonar og Rögnu Róbertsdóttur, Rekjavik 2000 (two parts illustrated in colour, p. 60; installation view of two parts at 2nd Floor illustrated in colour, p. 61).


    Reykjavik, 2nd Floor, Roni Horn, 1993.