Please do not touch the artwork
Please do not touch the artwork

Jeppe Hein

1974 - Please do not touch the artwork 2008
  • neon tubes and transformers
57 cm x 68 cm

Jeppe Hein is an artist based in Berlin and Copenhagen. His interactive sculptures and installations combine elements of humour with the 1970s traditions of minimalism and conceptual art.

In this work, red neon text kindly asks the viewer to not touch the artwork. The request, accentuated by the red glow of the neon, refers to the common code of behaviour in a museum or gallery, where interaction between visitor and artwork is predetermined and limited.

Jeppe Hein presented a major exhibition and public work Appearing rooms for the Perth International Arts Festival and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the festival's Visual Arts Program presented by Wesfarmers Arts in 2010. This work was acquired for the Wesfarmers Collection in recognition of the artist's contribution to the Festival and to public art in Perth.

© Jeppe Hein



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