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Barbara Hepworth

75 min visit

Rodin Museum
5 Nov → 22 Mar 2020
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm. Closed Monday.

« A poetic and striking universe of a major female artist!  »

Get ready to discover Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), a revolutionary 20th century sculptor! Still unknown in France, Barbara Hepworth is a key figure in the art scene of her time. She was with Henry Moore, Picasso and Kandinsky, and was appointed to the Order of Knighthood by the Queen of England and exhibited in Tokyo, San Francisco and at the Venice Biennale. His abstract works, both pure and poetic, aspire to an ideal and peaceful world. The artist brings out a new aesthetic sensibility, contrary to Rodin's powerful expressionism. Hepworth's vocabulary is opposed to the worlds of pathos, construction or the machinist universe. His art resides entirely in the interplay between convex and concave shapes, in a constant opposition between void and solid. Under the silent exterior of the full forms, the sculptor's universe becomes the place of a new aspiration to an ideal world, to avoid, according to Hepworth, "abandoning oneself to despair". After being the only French museum to exhibit the artist during his lifetime, the Rodin Museum once again welcomes Barbara Hepworth's works into its ranks. In close collaboration with the Tate, he pays tribute to her in the most beautiful way.


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