• SABINE HORNIG

  • Sabine Hornig's sculptures, photographs and installations explore concepts of space, perspective and memory. Her dynamic and often immersive compositions re-envision familiar architecture as well as ubiquitous urban forms. Through overlapping perspectives as well as inversions of scale and dimension, Hornig questions the structures and histories that inform our collective experience.

  • La Guardia Vistas, La Guardia Airport, Terminal B La Guardia Vistas, La Guardia Airport, Terminal B

    La Guardia Vistas

    La Guardia Airport, Terminal B

    In 2020, Hornig was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and LaGuardia Gateway Partners to create a large-scale site-specific installation at LaGuardia Airport in New York, which spans the entire glass facade of the new Terminal B Connector. Hornig’s transparent photo-collage immerses visitors in a kaleidoscopic wash of color, image and text. Using the highest resolution camera that is commercially available, Hornig captured both minute architectural details and ephemeral moments of life in New York City. The installation at LaGuardia synthesizes over 1100 photographs into a pair of interlocking cityscapes, one inverted above the other. Twenty distinct quotes commemorate Fiorello La Guardia, founder of the airport and New York City’s Mayor from 1934 to 1945. 

  • A series of discrete sculptures and works on paper accompanies Hornig’s La Guardia Vistas commission. Two skylines shimmer in gold and silver across the 72-panel Day and Night (Window) (2020): an inverted profile of Manhattan in golden morning light descends from above, while a nighttime urban cityscape rises from below. Together these skylines create a sculptural perception of the city, where inside and outside as well as day and night interchange. Intricate details from the cityscapes are featured in individual photographs, digitally composed images that integrate succinct quotes from La Guardia. These quotes also appear in an intimately scaled “tabletop model,” which highlights the dynamism of the doubled skyscape with moveable panels. Having famously described New York City’s unique image as “the entire world in microcosm,” La Guardia becomes a figure in Hornig’s work who embodies how leadership shapes our shared environment. 

  • "Together the skylines form a rhythmic composition in color and detail, like the heartbeat of the city."   -Sabine Hornig
  • Sabine Hornig, German, lives and works in Berlin. In 1992, she received an M.F.A from Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. The winner of the 1998 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Award, Hornig was a participating artist in the P.S. 1 International Studio Program in New York from 1999-2000 and at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles in 2009.

    Throughout the past two decades, Hornig has presented numerous solo exhibitions of her work as well as large architectual interventions in public spaces worldwide. In addition to La Guardia Vistas at LaGuardia Airport in New York, her most notable works include Shadows, Sydney International Towers, Barangaroo, 2019, Double Transparency at Art Unlimited Basel in Switzerland (2014), a site-specific work for Sensory Spaces, an exhibition series at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2013), Durchs Fenster at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2011-2012), Fenster an der Karl-Marx-Allee, a site-specific installation at Deutsche Bundesbank in Berlin (2010), Room with Large Window at Berlinische Galerie in Berlin (2006), The Second Room at Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon (2005), Projects 78 at Museum of Modern Art in New York (2003), and Prototype - Memory is Reconstruction at Malmö Konstmuseet in Sweden (1996). Her work has also been exhibited as part of important group exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, MoMA P.S.1 in New York, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Hamburger Kunsthalle, ICA London, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Nationalgalerie Berlin and Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover, among others.


    The artist’s sculptures, photographs and installations are represented in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, The Kunsthalle Hamburg, Bundeskunstsammlung Germany, Malmö Konstmuseet in Sweden, among others.