Marc Jancou Gallery Contemporary

Richard Hoeck & John Miller:

Hard Hat / Soft Hard Hat & Mannequin Death
March 17 - May 3, 2016
Installation View
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Soft Hard Hat, 2016 and Hard Hat, 1999 Installation

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Soft Hard Hat, 2016 and Hard Hat, 1999 Installation

Selected Works
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John Miller & Richard Hoeck
Soft Hard Hat, 2016
Felt hat
18.11 x 16.14 x 9.06 inches
46 x 41 x 23 cm
Edition of 9, AP 2
Marc Jancou Editions
Inv#  8032

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John Miller & Richard Hoeck
Hard Hat, 1999
Felt hat
15.75 x 23.62 inches
40 x 60 cm
Edition of 12
JRP Editions / Hard Hat, Genève
Inv# JM 6254

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John Miller & Richard Hoeck
Mannequin Death, 2015
HD Film in a loop, 2'40"

Edition of 8, 2 Aps
Inv#  7391


Press Release

Marc Jancou Contemporary, Geneva, is pleased to present John Miller and Richard Hoeck emblematic Hard Hat, 1999 and the debut of Soft Hard Hat, 2016 in conjuction with the film Mannequin Death, 2015.

John Miller and Richard Hoeck’s original edition Hard Hat, 1999 published by Hard Hat Editions was inspired by the iconic 1960s TV Bonanza, specifically by the hat worn by one of the program’s characters, Hoss. Miller and Hoeck produced a version in pink felt with a higher crown that looked emphatically phallic. Rejoining the subject nearly 20 years later, the two’s new project Soft Hard Hat, 2016, an apparently limp version, reflects the passage of time through what might be interpreted as erectile dysfunction. Soft Hard Hat, 2016 is an edition of 9 and 2 APs produced by Marc Jancou Editions. 

John Miller and Richard Hoeck have collaborated for eighteen years. Their work has been featured in several exhibitions in Europe and the United States including those at the Kunshalle Wein, Vienna, Kunst-Werke Berlin. The recent monograph, More Alive Than Those Who Made Them (published by WhiteWalls, 2015) retraces the duo’s mannequin works. Currently, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is holding a retrospective Miller’s work titled “I Stand/I Fall.”

Soft Hard Hat, 2016, and Miller and Hoeck’s recent film, Mannequin Death, 2015, will be on continuous view from our window at rue des Bains 63 - 1205, Geneva. For more information about the exhibition please contact Joseph Favre at

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Preview Clip: Mannequin Death (click here)


John Miller: Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

February 3, 2016

John Miller: Panel Discussion at NY Public Library

January 27, 2016

Richard Hoeck and John Miller: Galerie Johann Widauer

January 20, 2016


December 17, 2015

John Miller at Campoli Presti

September 04, 2015

24 heures reviews Mannequin Death: Richard Hoeck & John Miller

August 12, 2015

Richard Hoeck & Heimo Zobernig at Meliksetian Briggs

July 25, 2015

John Miller: two-part exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery + Metro Pictures

January 10, 2015