Hans Josephsohn

23.02.2013 — 14.04.2013

Modern Art Oxford

Hans Josephsohn

23 February - 14 April

'I have spent sixty years, day after day working away calmly in my studio. I have simply followed my imagination… all the crises, the human ones that occur in life, and all the possible adventures and all the paths through the woods where you don’t know how you will get out again, they have all taken place in my studio. Hans Josephsohn

Modern Art Oxford presents a major solo exhibition by the late Swiss sculptor Hans Josephson.

Josephson’s powerful and imposing bronze reclining nudes, ‘semi-figures’ and abstract relief panels reveal a sensitive and dedicated examination of figure, form and plane.
This extensive exhibition includes many works seen in the UK for the first time and focuses on works created in the last 25 years of his life.

Josephsohn employed plaster and lost-wax bronze casting to create a body of sculptural forms that emerge through his careful and intuitive manipulation of materials.

Sharing affinities with the work of modernists such as Alberto Giacometti, the sculptures are also reminiscent of Medieval friezes, ancient Egyptian art and the totemic sculpture of the Easter Island Moai figures.

Find out more about Josephsohn's influences and processes by viewing 'Josephsohn - Bildhauer' (78 mins) a documentary that is screening in our basement throughout the exhibition.

Related exhibition tour Saturday 2 March, 3pm

Related exhibition talk Thursday 4 April, 6pm 

Related family activity

Kino Club - Artist Choice Friday 15 March, 6pm

Find out more about the artist here 

Ulrich Meinherz talks about Hans Josephsohn and the current exhibition at Modern Art Oxford from Modern Art Oxford on Vimeo.


This exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Kesselhaus Josephsohn, St Gallen, Switzerland; an exhibition complex near the foundry that, for the last 20 years, has cast Josephsohn's work.

This exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation Hauser & Wirth, London


Event Dates

  • First public gallery exhibition 23.02.2013 — 14.04.2013

    A major presentation of work by the Swiss sculptor Hans Josephsohn - the first in a UK public gallery.

Event Support & Sponsors

Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation

If you would like to sponsor or support an event please contact us