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Rebecca Horn

The Double, 1987

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Silver-plated brass hammer,
9 7/8 x 3 3/16 x 1/4” (25,4 x 8 x 0,6 cm),
Ed. 99/XX, placed in a signed and
numbered box

Double trouble. Twin heads facing in opposite directions, made to accomplish identical if uncertain tasks, characterize an idiosyncratic tool from the premier engineer of the fanciful.


“The transitions in Rebecca Horn’s world are in a state of flux between pretense and reality, spirituality and surface appearance, seeming and being, between live event and fiction. And everything appears to be sustained by the calming sense of control exercised by the rituals in which humans and machines are caught up.” Bice Curiger Parkett No. 13, 1987