Exhibition Tour

  • Fri 15 December 2017
  • 5 – 5 pm

Join us for a tour of current exhibitions ‘Josephsohn / Märkli. A Conjunction’ and ‘Rita Ackermann. Turning Air Blue’ led by Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s Head of Education, Debbie Hillyerd. The walking tour will lead guests through the galleries and Cloister Courtyard whilst discussing significant works in the exhibitions.

‘Josephsohn / Märkli. A Conjunction’ an exhibition of works by the late Swiss sculptor Josephsohn (1920 – 2012), shown alongside the architectural drawings of his long-time friend, Swiss architect Peter Märkli. Taking its name from “La Congiunta”, an isolated museum designed by Märkli to house a number of Josephsohn’s bronze sculptures, the exhibition examines the intense and longstanding collaboration between these two powerful creative minds, shining a spotlight on the elusive practice of each, and highlighting what two very different disciplines – sculpture and architecture – can offer the other as insight, and about the generosity and humanity of such an exchange.

The second exhibition titled ‘Turning Air Blue’ is an exhibition of new works by Hungarian born, New York-based artist Rita Ackermann. ‘Turning Air Blue’ extends through two galleries and doubles as an organic continuation of the gallery’s rural setting. The exhibition starts in the Rhoades gallery, which features a body of work titled The Coronation and Massacre of Love. The paintings here are large-scale compositions on canvas primed with chalkboard paint, on which washes of white chalk and green and blue pigments have been applied. The exhibition continues into the Bourgeois gallery, which comprises two bodies of work: Turning Air Blue and Nudes.

This is a free event, but must be booked in advance.

Installation view, ‘Rita Ackerman. Turning Air Blue’, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2017 © Rita Ackermann. Photo: Ken Adlard

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