Jeppe Hein, Spaces in Circles, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet

Jeppe Hein

Who are you really?

21.5 2022 – 28.8 2022


Meet Jeppe Hein in the exhibition “Who are you really?” This summer, the Danish Berlin-based artist will engage the audience in totally new ways. The exhibition takes place around the entire Museum – both indoors and outdoors – and invites you to be a co-creator.

The extensive project “Jeppe Hein: Who are you really?” is not an exhibition in the traditional sense. Instead of shipping works to Moderna Museet, the entire exhibition was produced on site, interacting with the building, our collection – and our visitors.

My artistic practice is about people, physical encounters, dialogue and social interaction. You viewers are an indispensable aspect of my art, and most of my installations can only be experienced if you are there – Jeppe Hein

Indoors and outdoors

You will encounter Jeppe Hein’s art already on Exercisplan in front of the museum.

Play with the irregular patterns of water sprayed from the large fountain. See the wavy wall with the works “Breathe with Me”, previously shown at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2019, and “Today I Feel Like”.

Participate in workshops

Indoors, in the Museum’s long collection corridor, Jeppe Hein has created a series of seven rooms that relate in colour and form to the seven chakras, used in yoga and other practises:

I am, I feel, I do, I love, I speak, I see and I understand.

Here, you can take part in simple workshops on the themes of each room.

One person perform the workshop Breathe with me
Jeppe Hein, Breath with me, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lunden / Moderna Museet
 Four people swinging their arms in one of Jeppe Hein's chakra rooms
Jeppe Hein, I feel, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet
 Four people standing in pairs with their backs to each other
Jeppe Hein, I love, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet

Breath and mirrors

The third part of the exhibition consists of four spaces in The collection, where you are invited to join the workshops: “Today I feel like”, “Your mirror”, “Who are you really?” and “Breathe with me”.

By asking “Who are you really?” Jeppe Hein encourages visitors to interact and engage with the situations he stages.

A person standing in Jeppe Hein's "Mirror Room" which consists of collected mirrors from the public
Jeppe Hein, Your mirror, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet
The encounter with Jeppe Hein’s practice reveals our potential to create our own world – Gitte Ørskou, curator and museum director, Moderna Museet
The folder that you can fill in yourself when you participate in the exhibition "Who are you really?" by the artist Jeppe Hein
The folder included in the exhibition "Jeppe Hein: Who are you really?"., 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet


Jeppe Hein (b. 1974 in Copenhagen) lives and works in Berlin. He received his education from Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi (1997–2003) and Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main (1999–2000). During the past twenty years Jeppe Hein has had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia along with many group exhibitions. He has created extensive public art projects and has produced permanent public art works throughout the world.

Increasingly, Jeppe Hein involves the public in his work, in a highly concrete sense. Since 2013, following a period of illness due to burnout, his art has taken on a distinctly existential and explorative dimension.

The artist Jeppe Hein paints the work "Today I feel like"
Jeppe Hein and "Today I Feel Like", 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet


Three people holding their hands on their stomachs
Jeppe Hein, I am, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet
Three people hold their hands around their necks in one of Jeppe Hein's chakra rooms
Jeppe Hein, I speak, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet
Four people holding hands
Jeppe Hein, I do, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet
 the artist Jeppe hein performs the exercise "I understand"
Jeppe Hein, I understand, 2022 Photo: Åsa Lundén / Moderna Museet

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