Upcoming Exhibitions

A massive sculpture made of bare cedar slats and painted cedar hunks arranged vertically, flat against a gallery wall.
Ursula von Rydingsvard, Zakopane, 1987; Photo by Carlos Avendaño

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!


MAR 22–JUL 28 2019

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

Monumental wood sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard (b. 1942, Deensen, Germany) evoke the grandeur and power of nature. They simultaneously bear evidence of the artist’s meticulous process of cutting, shaping, and assembling thousands of cedar blocks. The Contour of Feeling focuses on von Rydingsvard’s artistic development since 2000 and her continued commitment to experimentation. The presentation includes many sculptures not previously exhibited in the United States. Made from wood or other organic materials, including leather, silk, and hair, these works present a window into the emotional fragility and imposing scale that define von Rydingsvard’s art. The exhibition is organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, and marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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