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The Hepworth Wakefield

A new addition and a worthy contender to Britain’s never-ending supply of art galleries is The Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire who opened their doors to the public earlier this year.

The gallery is named after Barbara Hepworth, a modernist sculptor who was born in Wakefield, and its elegant design is credited to the award-winning David Chipperfield Architects. Chipperfield’s other architectural feats include the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach-am-Neckar, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

The Hepworth is one of the largest purpose-built art galleries ever to open in Britain. Located on the water’s edge of the River Calder, the facade of the building is constructed of pigmented concrete giving it a sculptural semblance reverberating the methods and appearances of many of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures. The gallery also features one of the sculptor’s iconic pieces Mother and Child, 1934 as well as Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure, 1936.

The first exhibition running at the gallery features works from Eva Rothschild, an Irish artist whose style alludes to art movements of the 1960’s and 70’s, and will continue until 9 October 2011.


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