Barbara Hepworth Exhibition, Tate Britain, London
Barbara Hepworth Exhibition, Tate Britain, London

Book now to see the first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in London for almost 50 years. This retrospective features some of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.

  • Dame Barbara Hepworth, 'Pelagos' 1946

    Dame Barbara Hepworth
    Pelagos 1946
    Part painted wood and strings
    object: 430 x 460 x 385 mm, 15.2 kg
    Presented by the artist 1964 Bowness, Hepworth Estate

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From its simple origins in her studio, Barbara Hepworth’s abstract sculpture has become iconic, taking pride of place in museum collections worldwide and outside buildings such as the UN headquarters in New York. Celebrated throughout her career in Britain, she was also a leading figure in international modern art.

This major exhibition charts her progress from the earliest surviving carvings to the large-scale bronzes of the 1960s. Among the highlights are four large sculptures in sumptuous African hardwood – the high point of her post-war carving career – reunited in one room.

Uniquely, this retrospective shows the way Hepworth’s work was presented or imagined in contexts such as the studio, the theatre, the landscape or with architecture. Alongside sculpture, it features rarely seen textiles, photographs, collages and film, and selected works by her peers and predecessors from Jacob Epstein to Henry Moore.

Banner image credits: Barbara Hepworth, photomontage of Helicoids in Sphere 1938, and the entrance hall of the Doldertal apartments in Zurich by Alfred and Emil Roth with Marcel Breuer. Architectural Review © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

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