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

Hauser & Wirth Somerset:
«Josephsohn / Märkli - A Conjunction»

September 30, 2017 to January 01, 2018

The exhibition curated by Niall Hobhouse at the Hauser & Wirth site in Bruton, Somerset (UK), is dedicated to the link between the architect Peter Märkli and the sculptor Hans Josephsohn. Niall Hobhouse has been intensively examining architectural drawings and visual art for many decades. Since his first visit to the Josephsohn Museum La Congiunta in Giornico, built by Peter Märkli in the mid-1990s, he has been fascinated by this unique «conjunction» of Peter Märkli’s architecture with Josephsohn’s art: The structure’s exclusive purpose is as a «building for reliefs and half figures» by Hans Josephsohn. The walls are walls for reliefs, the space is a space for sculptures, and there is no light apart from daylight, no museum guards, no shop. Since opening in 1992, this permanent Josephsohn exhibition has not undergone any changes or seen any finissages. La Congiunta proved to be a milestone for Märkli—with it, he achieved a new dimension in his work and gained international recognition.

In the years prior to the creation of La Congiunta, Peter Märkli already, whenever possible, integrated individual works by Josephsohn into his buildings, mostly simple houses, as fixed components of his architectural language, often already in the initial design drawings. Märkli’s drawings do not correspond to the usual concept of architectural sketches since he also often creates them independently of concrete projects. Based on such drawings, he examines quite general compositional questions and various possibilities for positioning individual elements, for instance of a façade, in relation to one another and, hence, generating a particular tension between the elements and their proportions.

In this, Märkli’s drawings are related to Josephsohn’s approach, in the sculpturally created space of the relief, to positioning individual figures and architectural elements in relationships to one another that are again and again similar, and thus developing actual series of types of reliefs.

The exhibition conceived by Niall Hobhouse looks at various facets of the relationship between Märkli and Josephsohn’s oeuvres. The first room is dedicated exclusively to Josephsohn’s work and brings a group of late half figures together with three reliefs. The second room of the exhibition presents drawings by Peter Märkli along with relief studies and sketches by Josephsohn, while the third room combines two reclining figures with late drawings by Märkli. The conclusion of the exhibition comprises concrete preliminary work by Märkli for the La Congiunta project.

Further information about Niall Hobhouse and his Drawing Matter project is available at, about Peter Märkli at, and about the exhibition at Hauser & Wirth at


Press article

Harriet Thorpe
November 15, 2017
Conversation piece: Hans Josephsohn and Peter Märkli meet at Hauser & Wirth

September 2017
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