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

The Kesselhaus Josephsohn shows central works from the oeuvre of Hans Josephsohn. With changing presentations of plaster originals and bronze castings, it provides the public with direct access to the various phases in the work of the important sculptor.

The sculptural work of Hans Josephsohn consists of myriad attempts to formulate an answer to the question of the conditions of existing as a human being. The fact that this can never be conclusive comes to be expressed in Josephsohn’s oeuvre as well as his conviction that the answer can only be given with reference to the immediate physical present of human beings. In the Kesselhaus Josephsohn, it becomes clear how a consistent development in his work over more than six decades led to the style of the large half-figures and reclining figures. This development is wholly indebted to modernity without forsaking the traditions of the plastic arts.

The Kesselhaus Josephsohn is more than a space for changing presentations of his work. It also serves simultaneously as a storage space for Josephsohn’s works, as a gallery, as a studio, and as a workshop for the conservational maintenance of his work. It has been possible for these in part conflicting aspects to grow together thanks to a unique constellation in the entity of the Kesselhaus Josephsohn.

In the neighboring Kunstgiesserei in Sittertal, the fragile plaster models from the studio of the Zurich artist are realized in durable bronze. In the hall of the Kesselhaus, Josephsohn inspects the cast works one final time before he releasing them to make an impact on their own. Regular changes in the selection of sculptures that can be seen here thus occur. The safeguarding and conservation of the plaster originals by the Kesselhaus goes hand in hand with the creation of an index documenting the extensive body of works by the artist. This therefore leads to unexpected occurrences that lend the exhibition additional life.

The long years of collaboration with the artist have yielded a rich trove of experience with and knowledge of Josephsohn’s work. This potential is now also being utilized to support the Kesselhaus financially by the Galerie Felix Lehner through the sale of works by Hans Josephsohn.

The Kesselhaus Josephsohn is embedded in the structure of the Sitterwerk, Center for Art and Production, which comprises a large art library, artists’ studios, a guest room and an archive of materials. Within this context, the Kesselhaus provides a sound basis for the scholarly review of the work of Hans Josephsohn.


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