The first UK major indoor and outdoor Hans Josephsohn exhibition launches this week at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, showcasing work from a career which spanned almost 60 years. To mark this celebration of the late Zurich-based artist, visitors can pick up a free copy of Aesthetica when they spend £10 or more in the YSP shop from Friday 10 May. The largest sculpture park of its kind in Europe, YSP is situated on the 500 acre, 18th century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire and is open daily from 10.00 – 16.00.
The exhibition of Josephsohn’s works will run from 11 May until 5 January 2014, taking an in-depth look at an artist who has increasingly been recognised as an important 20th century figurative sculptor. He carried an integral belief that his work should be sited and experienced in relation to architecture, and YSP’s elegant 18th century Formal Terrace and Garden are the perfect setting for his art.
Continually searching for a language within sculpture that contains its past, many of Josephsohn’s pieces recall art from classical societies, including the monumental Moai sculptures on Easter Island and medieval Romanesque sculptures. The stunning landscape and architecture of YSP underline the artist’s historical references and understanding of architectural context. Within the actual presence of his sculptures, Josephsohn sought to capture the intimacy, experience and appearance of the human form. The exhibition follows the development of his bold and physical way of working, presenting slim abstracted forms, reminiscent of ancient stones and produced in tactile plaster, and large figures and reclining works, cut in brass.
Hans Josephsohn, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 11 May – 5 January 2014, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG.
Get a free copy of Aesthetica from 10 May when you spend £10 or more in the YSP gift shop.
1. Installation view, ‘Josephsohn’, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore Ireland, 2012 © Josephsohn Estate, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Kesselhaus Josephsohn / Galerie Felix Lehner, Photo: Katalin Deér, Kesselhaus Josephsohn.