To celebrate the work of female sculptors for the third year of the collaboration between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Royal British Society of Sculptors, we are delighted to present Sunset, a new work by Almuth Tebbenhoff FRBS.
The inspiration for Sunset came from The Book of the Book published by Sufi scholar Idries Shah in 1969. The story goes that a wise master attributed all his wisdom and knowledge to a book in his possession which he hid. On his death his disciples rushed for the key and opened the book. They found it to be completely empty except for the statement, ‘When you realise the difference between container and content, you will have knowledge.’. The rest of Shah’s 200-page book was blank.
One of the greatest mysteries is the sunset, the awesome beauty of which the artist attempts to momentarily capture in this work. Using the sculpture as both container and content she invites us to ponder our physical and spiritual relationship to the immense power of nature, to matter and form. In reality, it is not possible to actually capture the sunset so the container is open on all sides, just as the soul flows from its container: the body.
Much of the energy and concerns of Tebbenhoff’s work flow from a personal history of growing up in a recently war-torn Germany where millions of men and women had perished or were displaced in the two wars with her family being no exception. She left her home, a farm in a remote corner of North-West Germany for London when she was 17, where she has remained.
Each action of cutting, welding and grinding the structures and surfaces became a conscious act of bringing into being the emerging sculpture. The ever-evident process reflects all the knocks and hurts which define (and sometimes distort) the human condition and point to the fundamental mystery of the works’ invisible content.
Napoleon Garden, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU from 1 May to 3 November 2014 from 7.30 am until 30 minutes before dusk. Accompanying Exhibition in the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU from 28 April to 1 May 2013 from 11am to 4pm.
|Duration||01 May 2014 - 03 November 2014|
|Times||Daily; 7:30 am until 30 minutes before dusk|
|Address||Holland Park London W8 6LU, ,|
|Contact||+44 (0)20 7373 8615 / firstname.lastname@example.org / rbs.org.uk/exhibitions/almuth-tebbenhoff-frbs-napoleon-garden|