Ghisha Koenig: Sculpture 1968-1986

Serpentine South Gallery 17 May — 15 Jun 1986 Free

In this exhibition, Ghisha Koenig (1921-93) presented a selection of her sculptures and reliefs.

Koenig – daughter of Leo Koenig – was born very near to the Serpentine Gallery, in Kensington, and studied under Henry Moore at Chelsea in the late 1940s.

Intimate in scale and dark in colour, Koenig’s reliefs often interpret the workplace as a hub of human activity, especially factories. Many of the manufacturing processes she depicted were evidently laborious – the sculptures emphasised the mechanised environment of factory life – but it was the human aspect of work that most arrested Koenig’s attention.

The show, which was curated by Guy Brett, concentrated on three series of her works completed between 1968 and 1986: The Glassworks, The Tentmakers, and The Plate and Coil Shop.

An exhibition of Koenig’s drawings was held concurrently at the Boundary Gallery in North London.


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