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  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 36

Rebecca Horn

Photography: Mechanical Body Fan, 1972-1974. Courtesy of Rebecca Horn / VG Bild Kunst / VISDA

The German conceptual artist Rebecca Horn has spent a half-century using fans, feathers and curious masks to extend the human body—and comment on its fragility.
Words by Cody Delistraty.

In 1964, while living in Barcelona and staying in a hotel where the rooms were rented by the hour, Rebecca Horn began her artistic career. She was 20 and had just enrolled in the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts but had been forced to drop out: Over the next few years, she would become increasingly and inexplicably physically weak. After her parents both died, she started to feel isolated as well. By 1967, says Alexandra Müller, a curator at the


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