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


«Hans Josephsohn, Sculptures – Photographs by Jürg Hassler»

At the beginning of March 2017, the book «Hans Josephsohn, Sculptures—Photographs by Jürg Hassler» was published by Scheidegger & Spiess.  Edited by the Kesselhaus Josephsohn, this nearly 100-page book brings together a selection of photos that Hassler took of Josephsohn’s sculptures from the 60s to the 80s—primarily in his studio in Zurich, but also at exhibitions of his work at the Helmhaus Zürich in 1964 and at the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen in 1975. As Josephsohn’s former sculpture student and assistant, Hassler, who later became a photographer and filmmaker, developed a very specific pictorial language for his photographic examination of Josephsohn’s work: «I never thought of photography, but rather always of sculpture,» is how Hassler describes his photographic practice, in which he strove with his images to come as close as possible to the direct perception of the sculptures and their plasticity in space. Hassler therefore almost always adopted the frontal perspective of the sculptures favored by Josephsohn. In her essay for this book, Nina Keel provides an analytical examination of the characteristics of this pictorial language and shows how Hassler’s photos were able to influence the understanding of Josephsohn’s sculptures. In his atmospheric images, very much in the style of a reportage photographer, Hassler also captured the atmosphere in the studio and observed how Josephsohn moved when working in the studio. This book therefore documents not only Josephsohn’s work up to the beginning of the 80s, but also the friendship between Josephsohn and Hassler. A short introduction by Ulrich Meinherz describes how many of the original prints of these photographic documents first came to light again in the process of clearing out Josephsohn’s studio three years ago. In an exhibition organized by Nina Keel in the Sitterwerk in spring 2016, it was possible to view these photos again for the first time. The publication was created based on this exhibition.

The publication is available in German and English editions, and can be obtained in bookshops for CHF 29.– / Euro 29.–.

«Hans Josephsohn: Skulpturen—Photographs by Jürg Hassler»
Texts: Nina Keel and Ulrich Meinherz
Design: Istvan Scheibler
Editor: Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Publisher: Scheidegger & Spiess

Brochure, 96 pages, 67 b/w images, 17 x 23 cm
ISBN 978-3-85881-548-4 (German edition)
ISBN 978-3-85881-796-9 (English edition)
CHF/Euro 29.–

The book launch, at which Jürg Hassler was also present, took place at the Kesselhaus Josephsohn on Sunday, March 5.