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

Solothurn Film Days 2017: «Josephsohn—Stein des Anstosses» (1977) by Jürg Hassler

January 22, 2017 Event date: 05.15 Film Screening

Forty years after its premiere, the Solothurn Film Days and the Swiss TV SRF are presenting Jürg Hassler’s documentary film about Josephsohn in a newly restored original version. Affected by the uncompromising stance of his friend of many years, in his film, Jürg Hassler presents a striking portrait of the artist. He shows how impossible it is to situate Josephsohn’s position and art within a field of tension between the Western consumer world, Pop art, social utopias, and art in the service of socialist propaganda: as involved as Josephsohn is in these questions of time, just as little are they reflected in his work. Josephsohn explores questions of sculpture that he also finds addressed in the sculpture of antiquity, medieval art, and Indian sculpture in an unyielding manner and counter to his time in his own unique way. This consistency of Josephsohn’s work as a sculptor already anticipates the language of forms of the large half-figures and reclining figures as he developed them fifteen years later. Currently of relevance are also Josephsohn’s memories of the situation of being a Jewish immigrant to Switzerland and of his youth in the then East Prussian Königsberg of the nineteen-thirties.

Following the screening at the Solothurn Film Days in 2017, the film will also be presented on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:30 pm at the Aargauer Kunsthaus within the framework of the current exhibition, «Cinéma mon amour», followed by a conversation between Jürg Hassler, director, Peter Märkli, architect, and Jenny Billeter, director of the Fokus program at the Solothurn Film Days.

Screening: January 22, 2017, 5:15 pm
Canva Club, Luzernstrasse 9, Solothurn
Details: solothurnerfilmtage.ch

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 23:25 pm
SRF 1 Sternstunde Kunst
Details: www.srf.ch/sternstunde-kunst

Replay:
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 12:25 pm
SRFinfo

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:30 pm
Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau
Details: www.aargauerkunsthaus.ch