15:12 PM

Museum presents Now, She: Two Sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard

April 27, 2018 — April 2020

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has installed two monumental sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard. Bronze Bowl with Lace (2013–14, cast 2017–18) and Elegantka II (2013–14, cast 2016) will be on view over the course of the next year in the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Standing between 10 and 20 feet tall, these sculptures convey the artist’s complex approach to scale, material and technique.

Bronze Bowl with Lace was cast from a full-scale cedar model. The top of the bronze is perforated and delicately lit from within, its soft amber light illuminating the evening sky. Elegantka II is a urethane resin cast of another full-scale cedar model. The spiral form undulates from its narrow base through a knotty midsection and into its voluminous crown.

The Museum’s presentation of this artist’s work coincides with the exhibition Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling presented at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, guest-curated by Mark Rosenthal, which focuses on von Rydingsvard’s artistic development since 2000. Many of the works have not been exhibited in the United States before.

Timelapse Installation of Bronze Bowl with Lace, Production: 2013-14 Date of casting: 2015, by Ursula_von_Rydingsvard. Timelapse courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018. Video by Justyna Badach.

About the Artist

Born in Deensen, Germany, Ursula von Rydingsvard has lived and worked in New York since the 1970s. Her work has been broadly exhibited internationally and is represented in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art; the National Gallery of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center; and the Storm King Art Center.


Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden

Related Program

In the Artist's Voice: Ursula von Rydingsvard Preview Film Screening and Q&A
Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium

Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own, (a film by Daniel Traub and Ken Kobland, 2018, 55 minutes)

Join the artist and the filmmakers for a Q&A after a preview screening of this documentary. A BYO picnic follows in the Anne d'Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. $20 (free for members); includes in the price of admission.

Presented in partnership with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, offered in conjunction with Now, She.

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