Josephsohn was born in Königsberg (today’s Kaliningrad), East Prussia. Here he attended elementary school and completed high school in 1937. That same year, he left his homeland and moved to Florence with a small scholarship, in order to study art. Due to his Jewish ancestry, he had to leave Italy a short time later and fled to Switzerland. He arrived in Zurich in 1938 and became a student of the sculptor Otto Müller. In 1943 Josephsohn moved into his first atelier, and starting in 1964 began showing his works in various solo shows within Switzerland. He acquired Swiss citizenship in 1964. Josephsohn’s works began to attract the attention of a larger audience at the end of the 1990s. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam dedicated a large solo exhibition to the artist in 2002. In 2003 Josephson received the art prize of Zurich.

Hans Josephsohn

Past Exhibitions

Hans Josephsohn

ICA Milano
24/03/2019 — 02/06/2019

Solo Shows

2015

Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Kunstparterre, München, Germany

2014
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Hauser & Wirth New York, New York, USA
Ernst Barlach Haus, Hamburg, Germany

2013
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
Modern Art Oxford, UK

2012
Hauser & Wirth London, London (Piccadilly), UK
Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland

2011
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo/Kyoto, Japan

2010
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

2009
Armory Show, New York, USA
Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Hans Josephsohn, Southwood Gardens, London, UK

2008
Josephsohn Bildhauer, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Hauser & Wirth London, London, UK

2007
Sculpture at Schönthal, Kloster Schönthal, Langenbruck, Switzerland

2006
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Peter Blum Gallery, New York NY, USA

2005
Museum Liner, Appenzell, Switzerland
Kolumba, Diözesanmuseum, Cologne, Germany

2004
Galerie Reckermann, Cologne, Germany
Kesselhaus Josephsohn, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Evangelische Stadtkirche, Darmstadt, Germany

2003
Museum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany

2002
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland

2001
Haus der Kunst der Stadt Brünn, Brno, Czech Republic

2000
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland

1997
Helmhaus Zurich, Switzerland

1985
Stiftung Landis & Gyr, Zug, Switzerland

1981
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

1975
Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

1969
Galerie Daniel Keel, Zurich, Switzerland

1965
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

1964
Helmhaus Zurich, Switzerland

1962
Galerie am Stadelhofen, Zurich, Switzerland

1956
Städtische Kunstkammer zum Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland

Group Shows

2015
Substance, Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris
All back in the skull together, Maccarone Gallery, New York
ARTZUID – International Sculpture Route, Amsterdam

2014
Spatial Positions 8: Kooperationen. Diener&Diener in Zusammenarbeit mit Martin Steinmann und Josef Felix Müller / Peter Märkli und Josephsohn, Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum Basel, Switzerland

2013
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, Biennale, Venice, Italy
MOVING – Norman Foster on Art, Carré d’Art – musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France
Frauen – Liebe und Lebe, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

2012
The Spirit Level, Gladstone Gallery, New York NY, USA
Frieze Art Fair Sculpture Park 2012, Regent’s Park, London, UK
Common Ground, Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy
Art and the City: Ein Festival für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Zurich-West, Switzerland
Säen, Ernten, Glücklich Sein, Art-Public Chur, Switzerland

2010
Head: A gathering of primitive, abstract, iconic, lumpen, powerful, playful, referential, reflective, layered, delirious, precious, beautiful, psychotic, grotesque, detached forms, The Approach, London, UK
ev+a. Exhibition of visual art, The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

2009
Visible Invisible, Parasol Unit Foundation of Contemporary Art, London, UK
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2007
The Third Mind, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Klaus Merz und die Bilder, Literaturmuseum Strauhof, Zurich, Switzerland
Hans Josephsohn und Marisa Merz, Galerie Buchmann, Lugano, Switzerland

2006
Die obere Hälfte – die Büste seit August Rodin, Museum Liner, Appenzell, Switzerland (Travelling Exhibition)

2005
Architektur + Kunst – Dialoge, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

2004
Mind the Gap, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany

2003
G 2003, Mostra Internazionale di Scultura all’Aperto, Vira Gambarogno, Switzerland

2000
Der verlorene Blick, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland

1999
Bill Haus, Zumikon, Switzerland