Rebecca Horn Unicorn 1970–2

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Artwork details

Artist
Rebecca Horn born 1944
Title
Unicorn
Einhorn
Date 1970–2
Medium Wood, fabric and metal
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002
Reference
T07842
Not on display

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The unicorn was a medieval symbol for purity, chastity and innocence. The German title Einhorn also contains a pun on the artist’s name. This work was designed for a performance by a friend of the artist. Horn wrote: ‘the performance took place in early morning – still damp, intensely bright – the sun more challenging than any audience... her consciousness electrically impassioned; nothing could stop her trance-like journey: in competition with every tree and cloud in sight...and the blossoming wheat caressing her hips’. This account emphasises both graceful movement and the element of self-exposure that is often found in Horn’s work.

September 2004

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