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

Josephsohn Exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen

March 30, 2018 to June 24, 2018

The Folkwang Museum in Essen is presenting the up to now biggest Josephsohn retrospective—over fifty sculptures and reliefs, including larger groups of sculptural relief sketches and drawings. The majority are castings, but there are also various plaster originals as well as two clay originals—altogether over 100 exhibits. The exhibition provides an overview of Josephsohn’s entire oeuvre.

The exhibition is structured not so much chronologically, but instead based on the particular genre: Following an overview in the first room, one goes through a room in which exclusively reliefs are presented to a third room with half-figures. To the left from there, one enters a room with the drawings and sketches as well as a film room—and to the right the large hall, which is dominated by large reclining figures and standing figures. From there, one enters a final section of the exhibition, where one finds primarily smaller sculptures in plaster.

With a clever, but actually simple architectural intervention in the huge, column-free hall for alternating exhibitions in the Museum Folkwang, the Zurich architecture office of Flury Furrer created a sequence of spaces developed specifically for this presentation: The hall, developed by Chipperfield, is designed so that walls can be installed flexibly, suspended from the ceiling. Combined with the cladding on the ceiling and a clean conclusion toward the floor, this gives rise to architecturally clearly formulated spaces, in which different lighting situations are customized for the individual genres of sculptures being presented.

The exhibition was curated by Dr. Hans-Jürgen Lechtreck, the Artistic Coordinator and Interim Director of the Museum Folkwang, in cooperation with Lukas Furrer and the Kesselhaus Josephsohn.

For the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, with texts by Jürgen Lechtreck, Ari Hartog, Sonja Pizonka, and others, Stefan Altenburger took new photos of all the exhibits at the Kesselhaus Josephsohn. The catalogue can be purchased at the Museum Folkwang, the Sitterwerk, and at bookshops for ca. euro 25.-.

Lecture Series for the Josephsohn Exhibition at the Museum Folkwang, Essen

Reine Abstraktion ist mir zu wenig, und den Naturalismus verabscheue ich

April 5–June 14, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6 p.m. 

Masse und Bild, oder wie Josephsohn eine Tradition reanimierte
Arie Hartog, Director of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen

Thursday, April 4, 2018, 6 p.m.

La figure humaine: un défi pour les sculpteurs, de Rodin à Josephsohn

(Lecture in French with simultaneous interpretation in German)

Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Paris, former General Director of the INHA (until 2016), Paris

Thursday, May 5, 2018, 6 p.m.

Gegen Matisse. Relief und menschliche Figur im Werk von Hans Josephsohn

Ileana Parvu, HEAD—Genève, Professeur associé Histoire et théorie de l'art, Département des arts visuels, Geneva

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6 p.m.

Grazie und Masse. Josephsohns neue Ausdrucksplastik

Christa Lichtenstern, Berlin, Prof. em. at the University of Saarland, Institute of Art History, Saarbrücken

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6 p.m.

Skulptur, Objekt, Körper. Traditionslinien des Plastischen bei Hans Josephsohn

Christian Spies, Prof. of History of Art, University of Cologne