Sculpture for a Modern World
22. May 2016 – 26. Aug 2016
The Arp Museum is honoring Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975), one of the 20th century's most successful sculptors, with a large retrospective exhibition. This marks the first time in 50 years that her work may be seen in Germany. The exhibition comprises more than a hundred pieces and also includes works by her companions, such as Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson. On display will be artworks from the artist's beginnings in the 1920s, her artistic network – with Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, among others –as well as from her breakthrough to success in the 1950s. In addition to sculptures in wood, marble, and bronze, the show features unusual works on display for the first time, such as textile designs, collages, and photograms.
In the exhibition, it is possible to experience not only how Hepworth was inspired by the landscape of Cornwall, it also goes on to establish her in a broader international context. Extensive material from Hepworth's personal archive illustrates how she staged and imagined her works in the media of film and photography. Richard Meier's open and airy museum building is entirely in keeping with the harmonic triad of sculpture, architectural, and natural form that she strived for.
The exhibition was organised by Tate Britain in association with Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck and Kröller-Müller Museum.