Hans Josephsohn (Grosse Liegende, 1995-2001)

Hans Josephsohn’s Liegende (“Reclining Woman”) rests directly on the former demarcation line between the domains of working and living—the landmarked, abandoned railway viaduct which is today used as a footpath for strollers. Cast in the traditional material of bronze, still figurative but imbued with many characteristics of abstraction and alienation, this sculpture symbolizes a future which reflects and respects the signs of the past. In choosing his subject matter the artist was aided by chance, as he himself relates: “I remember my girlfriend was lying in a particular way in bed, she had propped herself up, that appealed to me, and I thought: I would really like to make something similar one day. That’s how it began with the reclining figures. Something simply made an impression on me.”

HANS JOSEPHSOHN, CH, *1920, lives and works in Zürich

Courtesy of the artist, Kesselhaus Josephsohn, St. Gallen, and Hauser & Wirth

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