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

Josephsohn on the terrace of the
Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Between the epochal works of Moore, Serra, Calder and Chillida, a half-figure by Hans Josephsohn also recently found its permanent location in front of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. This placement is thanks to the initiative of the director Udo Kittelmann, and was able to be realized precisely to mark the 90th birthday of the sculptor.

The sculpture by Josephsohn was created in 1990. It is an early work from the group of large half-figures and reclining figures. This group of works played a central role in the beginning of the broad reception and international recognition of Josephsohn's work. His work in this time is characterized by a distinctive precision of carelessness. In an increasingly abstract manner, he explores the proportions of mass and volume, as they form the basis of human appearance.

The sculptures created in the process achieve an astounding spatiality. This is able to establish a compact tension in the interconnection with the space shaped by architecture and urban planning. In the context of the famous museum building by Mies van der Rohe, this work comes into its own in an exemplary manner.


16. Mai 2010
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Auf den Körper kommt es ihm an
NZZ am Sonntag, Kultur


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Roman Bucheli
Die wilde Zartheit der Anarchie
NZZ, Feuilleton