The Liberation of Form
Barbara Hepworth - A Master of Abstraction in the Mirror of Modernism


2 April to 20 August 2023

Tree stumps, large blocks of marble and limestone – the materials of a petite woman who hewed her artistic vision directly into the material. In the 1930s, Barbara Hepworth was an exceptional figure in the male-dominated world of sculpture. Today, her elegant, organic abstractions have made her one of the most important and pioneering sculptors of her time, whose work continues to inspire a younger generation of artists.


Barbara Hepworth, Karyatide (Single Form), 1961 © Bowness, Photo: Jürgen Diemer


The exhibition is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR), the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States and the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.