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

Josephsohn at the Art Parcours

June 13, 2016 to June 19, 2016

A group of works by Hans Josephsohn can be seen this week on the Münsterplatz in Basel. The occasion is the Art Parcours, which takes place in public spaces in Basel during Art Basel. In addition to performances, primarily sculptural works are exhibited. The Art Parcours has already taken place in various city districts. The edition this year on and around Münsterplatz was curated by Samuel Leuenberger.

With its burgher houses from the Baroque period, the Münsterplatz has a representative size without seeming monumental as a result. It makes reference to human dimensions—as it is also the case in Josephsohn’s sculptures: the large half figures, and reclining and standing figures are larger than life, but never monumental. Rhythmically arranged into groups, Josephsohn’s works are incorporated into the urban context of the Münsterplatz in a self-evident way.

The presentation in Basel, comprising sixteen works, revolves around the three main genres in Josephsohn’s three-dimensional work: standing, reclining, and half figures. The works concerned in the first case go back to the early 1950s. The reclining and half figures were preponderantly creating starting in the 1990s. Within a narrow repertoire, Josephsohn’s language of forms developed from the geometrically reduced early work, to a figurative phase, to one of abstraction, which is defined by an accumulation of mass. Also being presented on the Münsterplatz, directly in front of the entrance façade of the Basel Münster, within the context of the Art Parcours is a labyrinth by the American artist Sam Durant. Other positions, including Lawrence Weiner, Jim Dine, or Tracey Rose, can be seen in the Gymnasium (upper secondary school), in the Antikenmuseum, and at the Zivilstandsamt (civil registry office).

The presentation of Josephsohn’s works in the Art Parcours 2016 came about in close cooperation between the Kesselhaus Josephsohn/Galerie Felix Lehner and the gallery Hauser & Wirth, who is representing Josephsohn at Art Basel.

Art Parcours 2016