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Jeppe Hein


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Image: 'Breathe with Me' in Central Park, an Art Project for the World by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030. Photo by Jan Strempel © Jeppe Hein

Life begins with an inhale and ends with an exhale. In-between we all breathe and live different lives. And yet, each breath keeps us together, connected, sharing the same air. - Jeppe Hein

On September 21-27 Breathe with Me, a global art project by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030, launched to bring the entire world together with one simple, universal action: breathing.

The public art installation Breathe with Me invites audiences to create a piece of art together, by painting their breath in the form of two blue lines, painted as they exhale in long downward brush strokes. While everyone paints the lines of their breath differently, together the lines form part of a universal whole. While reflecting on the potential of collaborative and community action, the project also raises awareness that the air we breathe is part of our connected world and climate.

Breathe with Me launched to great success inside the United Nations Headquarters and in Central Park, as part of ART 2030 New York during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly and coinciding with the UN Climate Action Summit. At the same time, Breathe with Me educational, digital and community activations, also took place across the city and the world.

The biggest art project staged in the Central Park in over a decade, Breathe with Me reached a potential estimate of over 93 million people in New York and beyond.


'Breathe with Me' at the United Nations Headquarters & in Central Park, an Art Project for the World by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030. All photos by Jan Strempel © Jeppe Hein


'Breathe with Me' at the United Nations Headquarters & in Central Park, an Art Project for the World by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030. All photos by Jan Strempel © Jeppe Hein

© 2019 Jeppe Hein & ART 2030

Breathe with Me at C40

'Breathe with Me' at United Nations Headquarters with Luise Faurschou, Jeppe Hein and Michael Bloomberg, an art project by Jeppe Hein and ART 2030, Copyright Jeppe Hein, Photo by Jan Strempel

On the occasion of the C40 World Mayors Summit 2019 in Copenhagen, October 11, Breathe with Me, in partnership with the Danish Architecture Center, invited Mayors, decision-makers and participants at the event Why Urban Development Prevents Us from Living Sustainably (as part of C40 public program 'Live Like Tomorrow') to participate in creating an artwork for the world.

As part of Breathe with Me in Copenhagen, schools were also invited to take part in the art project. Based on Breathe with Me’s global learning activities and workshop manual school children painted their ‘breath’ together, in connection to the nation wide annual sports day.

First Breathers

Photographs and still photos from videos by Jeppe Hein & ART 2030. Courtesy of the artist, 2019.

We rely on our First Breathers – people of action and inspiration. Acting as ambassadors for Breathe with Me we asked them to help spread the word and bring awareness to the project.

From left upper corner: Johan Köenig (Gallerist), Pipilotti Rist (Artist), Lukas Graham (Musician), Alison Smale (USG for Global Communications - UN DCG), Cyrill Gutsch (Founder of Parley for the Oceans), Bjarke Ingels and Ruth Otero (Architects), Julia Stoschek (Art Collector), Ralph Rugoff (Curator and Artistic Director), Shirin Neshat (Artist), Daniel Hum (Chef), Martin Bille Hermann (UN Ambassador of Denmark) and Pilou Asbæk (Actor)

Education and Community

Breathing exercise: Breathing Watercolours on Flags from manual. Courtesy of Studio Jeppe Hein.

As an invitation to the entire world to breathe together, Breathe with Me also includes an Educational and Community Workshop tool-kit that is available for download and use by anyone, anywhere.

Find out more about the tool-kit here, and share your community's version of Breathe with Me by tagging your social posts with #BreatheWithMe!


Breathe with Me Installations and Activations

C40 Mayors Summit

Breathe with Me
Participatory Installation
BLOX Danish Architecture Center
October 11, 2019

Central Park

Breathe with Me
Participatory Installation
September 25-27, 2019

United Nations Headquarters

Breathe with Me
Participatory Installation
September 21-24, 2019

Global Citizen Festival

Breathe with Me Activation
September 28, 2019

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Breathe with Me Activation

Breathe with Me Partners Around the World

Every Breath Matters
UN Live Museum

Universalmuseum Joanneum

Burkina Faso
Operndorf Afrika

ARKEN Museum of Art
Bornholms Kunstmuseum

The Bundeskunsthalle
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Emil-Molt Schule
Lehmbruck Museum

Museo Nazionale della Montagna

The NMAC Foundation

Drakamöllan Gardshotel
Wanås Konst

United Kingdom
Life of Breath Research Project, The University of Bristol

Goethe-Institut Houston

Artist Bio

Portrait Jeppe Hein, 2018. Courtesy of Studio Jeppe Hein, 2018. 

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Denmark) is widely known for his experimental, interactive and participatory artworks positioned in the junction between art, architecture and technical inventions.

As an internationally acclaimed artist, Jeppe Hein has exhibited worldwide, including: the 58th Venice Biennale, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (JP), SMK - National Gallery of Denmark, Centre Pompidou (FR), MoMA PS1 (USA), MoCA LA (USA) and Tate Modern (UK).

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