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

Large Half-Figures by Josephsohn at
Hauser & Wirth in Zurich

August 28, 2015 to October 30, 2015

This fall, Hauser & Wirth is hosting a solo presentation of Hans Josephsohn focusing on his large half-figures at the Löwenbräu in Zurich. Several half-figures created starting in the nineteen-nineties will be shown in a row—with a standing relief as a caesura. The exhibition also includes a half-figure from 1979, which makes it possible to trace Josephsohn’s artistic development toward an increasing summary of the parts of the body based on an example of the work group of large half-figures. The works will be exhibited in the oblong space of the gallery on the second floor of the Löwenbräu, which was once used as the beer brewery’s bottle business and is striking as a result of its beautiful lighting conditions. The exhibition does completely without installations, making it possible to experience the original structure of the space.

With this presentation, Josephsohn is being shown for the second time at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich. In the first exhibition, curated by Peter Märkli in 2010, reliefs and early standing figures were the focus.

The exhibition conceptualization is the result of a close collaboration between Hauser & Wirth and Kesselhaus Josephsohn/Galerie Felix Lehner.

Film screening
On the occasion of the Josephsohn exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, the film «Josephsohn—Stein des Anstosses» by Jürg Hassler (1977, 74 min, German with English subtitles) was shown at the Löwenbräu in Zurich on Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm.

Affected by the uncompromising stance of his friend of many years, in his film, Jürg Hassler presents a striking portrait of the artist. He shows how impossible it is to situate Josephsohn’s position and art within a field of tension between the Western consumer world, Pop art, social utopias, and art in the service of socialist propaganda: as involved as Josephsohn is in these questions of time, just as little are they reflected in his work. Josephsohn explores questions of sculpture that he also finds addressed in the sculpture of antiquity, medieval art, and Indian sculpture in an unyielding manner and counter to his time in his own unique way. This consistency of Josephsohn’s work as a sculptor already anticipates the language of forms of the large half-figures and reclining figures as he developed them fifteen years later. Currently of relevance are also Josephsohn’s memories of the situation of being a Jewish immigrant to Switzerland and of his youth in the then East Prussian Königsberg of the nineteen-thirties.

Performance «Unfinished» by Eugénie Rebetez on the occasion of the exhibition: Sunday 25 October, 12 pm and Wednesday 28 October, 7 pm at Hauser & Wirth, Limmatstrasse 270, Zurich

Opening: Friday, August 28, 2015, 6–8 pm, followed by the season opening party at Löwenbräu

The «Josephsohn» exhibition continues until October 30, 2015.


Press article

Adam Jasper
Dezember 2015
Review – Josephsohn, Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

Max Glauner
25th September 2015
Critics' Picks: Zurich – Hans Josephsohn, Hauser & Wirth