Barbara Hepworth

Sculpture for a Modern World
22. May 2016 – 26. Aug 2016

  • © Bowness, Foto: Val Wilmer
    Barbara Hepworth in the Palais de Danse studio, St Ives, at work on the wood carving »Hollow Form with White Interior«, 1963
    © Bowness, photo: Val Wilmer

About the Exhibition

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.

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Exhibition bochure

Exhibition Catalogue

Ausstellungskatalog Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth. Sculpture for a Modern World

22 May to 28 August 2016

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