Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Architectural Drawings by Peter Märkli at Betts Project London – With Three Relief Sketches by Josephsohn

May 16, 2014 to June 28, 2014

As its inaugural exhibition, the Betts Project architecture gallery of Marie Coulon, which just opened in London, is presenting drawings by the Zurich architect Peter Märkli created between 1980 and 2013. For Märkli, drawings are not only design drawings, but also simple studies for his work with various elements and situations.

Also included in this exhibition are three relief sketches by Josephsohn. This makes reference to the decades-long friendship between the architect Peter Märkli and the sculptor Hans Josephsohn. For the young architecture student Märkli, Josephsohn's work was an important impetus for the development of his own approach to architectonic questions of form and expression: «Josephsohn's works made it possible for me to explore things that I would perhaps otherwise not have done. I was interested in reclaiming architectural elements that were no longer used in classical modernism. For example, I drew reliefs on the columns of buildings.» (Peter Märkli in conversation with Ulrich Müller—Architektur + Kunst—Dialoge, Berlin 2005).

Märkli again and again integrates reliefs and at times also sculptures by Josephsohn in the concept for his buildings, sometimes virtually creating spaces around works by Josephsohn. A prime example of this is the museum «La Congiunta», in English «the uniting.» On the Italian-language page for the Gotthard Route, the extremely reduced concrete building from 1992 is described as a «building for reliefs and half-figures by Hans Josephsohn» that was erected explicitly for a permanent exhibition of specific works by Josephsohn.

Opening: May 15, 6–9 pm

Betts Project
architecture gallery
111-113 St. John Street