Josephsohn, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (installation view 2), 2013. Courtesy Josephsohn Estate, Hauser & Wirth, Kesselhaus Josephsohn_Galerie Felix Lehner. Photo Jonty Wilde


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

11 May 2013 – 5 January 2014

The first major indoor and outdoor UK exhibition of sculpture and drawings by the late Zurich-based artist, Hans Josephsohn (1920-2012). The exhibition is a timely opportunity to see the work of this influential artist, at a time when his reputation is becoming established as an important 20th century figurative sculptor.

Unique to YSP, the exhibition responds in particular to Josephsohn’s belief that his work should be sited and experienced in relation to architecture. YSP’s elegant 18th century Formal Terrace and Garden with 250-year old yew hedge and niches designed for sculptures brought back from the Grand Tour of classical sites in Rome and Greece, are home to several of Josephsohn’s striking sculptures. As Professor Gerhard Mack, an expert in Josephsohn’s work and practice has said of the artist’s sculptures, “they also evoke the history of park sculpture, which cannot be divorced from the design of the English garden”.

Throughout his long career Josephsohn drew on a tradition of figurative representation that stretches into deep history over 30,000 years to establish his own unique style.

The Josephsohn exhibition opens on 11 May and continues to 3 November 2013 (in the Bothy Gallery) and 5 January 2014 (in the open air).