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

Lokremise St. Gallen – Hans Josephsohn and Franz West

February 04, 2017 to June 25, 2017

Works by Hans Josephsohn and Franz West (1947–2012) are being shown together for the first time in the exhibition space of the Lokremise of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen. In addition to West’s «Passstücken» (Adaptives or Fitting Pieces) from the 1980s, the organic-seeming sculptures that he created at a later point are also being presented. The exhibition with the title «Body Doubles» addresses the body as sculptural volume, as physical presence in space, and/or as negative space that surrounds the body.

West’s furniture sculpture «Iwan», which can, unfortunately, no longer be used within the framework of an exhibition, serves as a prelude in the entrance area. Lying on it, one would have a wonderfully serene view not only of the accompanying sculpture-on-base installation of iron and plaster, but also of a large reclining figure by Josephsohn. This enthralling contrast between the two sculptural positions already makes reference to the large exhibition space: In combination with Josephsohn’s works, West’s playful critique of the classical concept of sculpture as representations of human figures that are presented and viewed on a base seems to be a friendly, cheekily ironic, and nonetheless respectful commentary on Josephsohn’s classical understanding of sculpture, with its roots in tradition. Although they did not know and were probably also not aware of one another, these two major figures in the sculptural art of the 20th century worked with similar materials in very different ways, but nevertheless in very similar thematic area of the body and surrounding space, and of the reference between sculpture and the human figure.

This juxtaposition is the fourth and final exhibition of works from the collection of Ursula Hauser in the exhibition space of the Lokremise of the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen. It was conceived by Laura Bechter, the collection curator, and Konrad Bitterli, the future director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur. The two different approaches to sculpture are supplemented with works by Pipilotti Rist and Urs Fischer.

February 4 to June 25, 2017

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