Free Entry Tate Britain Exhibition

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

24 June – 25 October 2015

Book now to see Barbara Hepworth, one of the leading sculptors of the 20th century. This retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists features many of her most significant and beautiful sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.

Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Pelagos’ 1946
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Pelagos 1946
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Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Corinthos’ 1954–5
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Corinthos 1954–5
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Barbara Hepworth in the Palais studio

Installation shot of Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World at Tate Britain

Installation shot of Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Curved Form (Trevalgan)’ 1956
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Curved Form (Trevalgan) 1956
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© Bowness

Barbara Hepworth was born in Yorkshire in 1903. She lived in Cornwall since 1939 and has become principally associated with the art of St Ives and with the sea and landscape of that place. This exhibition presents her in a broader light and spans her whole career. 

Hepworth emerged in the late 1920s as a leading member of a new generation of sculptors. Her work became increasingly abstract in the 1930s and, after moving to Cornwall, she began to make sculpture in terms of her experience of landscape. She continued to carve throughout her life, but from 1956 she also made works in bronze which allowed her to produce more and which were better suited to international travel.

This exhibition traces Hepworth’s growing international success offering fresh ways of thinking about her art. Uniquely, this retrospective also plays with the different spaces in which Hepworth presented her work – the show includes an impressive reconstruction of a modernist structure to showcase Hepworth’s ‘ideal’ environment. Among the highlights are four large sculptures in sumptuous African hardwood – the high point in her post war carving career – reunited in one room.

Alongside sculpture the show features fascinating photographs that have never been seen before in public, rarely seen textiles, collages, film and selected works by her peers and predecessors from Jacob Epstein to Henry Moore.

Elegant, exemplary and exhilaratingly beautifulEvening Standard
A unique opportunity to see some of Hepworth’s greatest works, gathered togetherTelegraph
This show delivers an exhilarating blast of vital, heartfelt artTime Out
★★★★The Times
★★★★★ Ravishing exhibition…. traces an inspiring journeyThe Mail on Sunday 

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Venue

Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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Dates

24 June – 25 October 2015

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