Judith Hopf: OUT

Take a close look at a giant pear made of bricks, disappear into a ’flying cinema’ and meet a flock of ‘laptop men’ in a new exhibition featuring German artist Judith Hopf.

‘Art shouldn’t be too serious,’ says German artist Judith Hopf. And indeed humour is a key feature of the Berlin-based artist’s works as she explores how everyday objects, architecture and technology affect the human body, our behaviour and our relationships with each other.

In the exhibition you will discover works infused by a clumsy awkwardness as well as by playful humour – such as a giant pear and a walking house.

Judith Hopf, Birne, 2018
Courtesy the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan/New York, Deborah Schamoni, Munich, and Metro Pictures, New York. Installation view KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Foto: Frank Sperling.

The giant brick pear and the walking house

Inside the exhibition, you can get close to a giant pear carved out of a solid cube built out of red bricks. Such illogical sculptures are typical of Judith Hopf. 

You can also watch a video work featuring a walking house with a façade that looks like a face, the eyes lidded by awnings. At first, the building looks exactly like an actual house in Berlin. But when it starts to move around in later clips, it turns out that we are in fact looking at a person wearing a costume as they move around the city.

Merging man and technology

You will also meet a number of ‘laptop men’ at the exhibition: metal sculptures depicting seated, upright and reclining human figures that have merged with their laptop computers.

Hopf takes a curious, critical view of the impact that technology has on the human body – for example of how the laptop has practically become a prosthetic extension for all of us; one that we cannot do without. What impact does this have on human beings as individuals – and on the ways in which we interact with each other?

Judith Hopf, Untitled (Laptop Men), 2018
Courtesy the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milan/New York, Deborah Schamoni, Munich, and Metro Pictures, New York. Installation view KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Foto: Frank Sperling

About Judith Hopf

German artist Judith Hopf (b. 1969) lives and works in Berlin. She has been a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt since 2008. 

In recent years she has had solo shows at e.g. KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museion, Bolzano; PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Studio Voltaire, London. She very recently inaugurated a large outdoor sculpture project in Milan.

Practical information

Exhibition period
10 May – 30 December 2018

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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Judith Hopf, OUT, 2018. Videostill
Courtesy the artist; kaufmann repetto Milan/New York; Deborah Schamoni, Münich

The x-room

The x-room

In the x-room at SMK you can experience exhibition projects, that challenge and explore artistic problems.


The x-room is supported by
Det Obelske Familiefond.


Judith Hopf: OUT

The exhibition Judith Hopf: OUT is produced in co-operation with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.



The exhibition is accompanied by a publication created by SMK and Judith Hopf. Click here to read it online.


Metal and concrete

Mikkel Bogh, director of SMK, shares his thoughts on Judith Hopf’s works in the SMK collection.