Forms & Figures

Opens on Friday 16 September 16 Sep – 19 Nov 2022 Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse 1


Eva Hesse, an icon of American art, produced a prodigious body of work in the 1960s that collapsed disciplinary boundaries and forged innovative approaches to materials, forms, and processes. She cultivated mistakes and surprises, precariousness and enigma, in an effort to make works that could transcend literal associations. From 16 September, Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse 1, will present two distinct bodies of work from Hesse’s oeuvre: a selection of semi-figurative ‘Spectre’ paintings from 1960 and a series of ‘Studioworks’–small, experimental sculptural works from 1969. Trained in American abstract painting, Hesse increasingly experimented with industrial materials and everyday found objects. After a residency in Germany in 1964–1965, she returned to the United States and began making sculptural works. Through the two bodies of work on view, the exhibition aims to explore the artist’s intense studio practice and her transition from painting to sculpture.

Image: Eva Hesse, No title, 1960, Oil on canvas, 35.2 x 35.2 cm / 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 in © The Estate of Eva Hesse.

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Born in 1936, Eva Hesse was one of the icons of American art in the 1960s, her work being a major influence on subsequent generations of artists. Comprehensive solo exhibitions in the past 30 years as well as a retrospective that toured…

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