Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Tate Britain: 24 June – 25 October 2015

Barbara Hepworth was a British sculptor, who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1903. She was a leading figure in the international art scene throughout a career spanning five decades.

Pelagos (1946)

Pelagos (1946)

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.

Watch the video about the exhibition here.

Address: Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG


Adult £18.00 (without donation £16.30)
Concession £16.00 (without donation £14.50)
Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian).  Family tickets available (two adults & two children 12-18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

Opening hours: 10.00–18.00 daily

Last admission and ticket sales for special exhibitions is at 17.15. Ticket desks close at this time.

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