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

Pre-Announcement: Josephsohn Exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen

March 30, 2018 to June 24, 2018

Opening: March 29, 7 pm 

The Museum Folkwang, the art museum of the city of Essen, is one of the most renowned museums in Germany. It specialized early on in mediating and collecting new and contemporary art and is also home to an outstanding collection of sculpture: The well-known wood sculpture Jeune fille debout (1902) by Aristide Maillol and Bambino al sole (1892) and Bambino ebreo (1893) by Medardo Rosso provide a logical point of contact for the presentation of an extensive Josephsohn exhibition with the title Existenzielle Plastik (Existential Sculpture). In its announcement, the museum writes that the retrospective honors a key exponent of the figurative sculpture of the twentieth century: «The Swiss artist Hans Josephsohn (1920–2012) is one of the most important modernist sculptors in post-war Europe. His extensive sculptural oeuvre with its unique and unmistakable style combines questions about humanity’s existential condition with an examination of sculptural techniques and their effectiveness today. The exhibition Existenzielle Plastik at the Museum Folkwang brings together sculptures by the artist that range from his early pieces in the 1950s to his brilliant late work from the 1990s on.»

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lechtreck, the Artistic Coordinator and Interim Director of the Museum Folkwang. For the exhibition catalogue—with texts by John Wood, Ari Hartog, Isabel Hufschmidt, and others—Stefan Altenburger has photographed the exhibits anew in the Kesselhaus Josephsohn.

www.museum-folkwang.de