Virtual Music and Museum | Christopher Lawing Dedication Concert
The season kick-off of Music and Museum is performed by the Bechtler Ensemble, under the leadership of Tanja Bechtler and includes compositions from Swiss, French, and British composers and was designed to complement Bechtler collection artists of the same geographic origin - Max Bill (Swiss), Barbara Hepworth (French), and Germaine Richier (British). Throughout the program, you will see their beautiful works of art featured on our outdoor sculpture terrace, with notes of interest about each sculpture.
The program is dedicated in appreciation and honor of former Executive Vice President, Christopher Lawing. During his 10 years with the Bechtler, he created community outreach and public programs, including Music and Museum, that continue to serve audiences today. This performance was produced by SmART Lab and is presented in a 360° view. Below the viewing link, you will find viewing tips on how to best experience the performance, program notes on the compositions being performed, as well as notes on the featured works of art.
Christopher Lawing Dedication Concert
1) The performance is presented in 360° and is best viewed through a larger mobile device like an iPad or a desktop.
2) During the performance, the viewer has the ability to zoom and move the camera anywhere they want. We recommend streaming on larger mobile devices such as a desktop, iPad, or VR goggles.
3) If viewing on a desktop, use the keys W (up) A (left) S (down) D (right) on your keyboard for easy navigation.
4) This performance can be viewed on a smaller mobile device such as a cell phone but is best viewed if the smaller mobile device is placed on a table and is not handheld.
Tanja Bechtler, cello
Vasily Gorkovoy, viola
Tatiana Karpova, violin 1 or violin 2
Lenora Leggatt, violin 1 or violin 2
Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975)
Garden Sculpture (Model for Meridian)
In 1958, Barbara Hepworth received a commission to create a sculpture for the State House in High Holborn, London. She began by making an armature in wood with a plaster exterior. The plaster was later brought to Paris and bronze cast. The resulting sculpture stood 15 feet tall and was displayed until 1990 when the building was demolished. Meridian was later acquired for the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the Headquarters for Pepsi in Purchase, New York. Gallery dealer, Charles Lienhard, suggested that Hepworth make smaller versions of Meridian that could be placed in an outdoor garden setting. Hepworth obliged and produced an edition of six bronze sculptures which were shown at the Lienhard Gallery in Zurich of which this is one example. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate
Max Bill (1908-1994)
Unity of Sphere and Endless Spiral
Swedish Black Granite
The Mobius Strip was a mathematical concept first discovered in 1868 by the German mathematician August Mobius. Webster’s dictionary defines the strip or ribbon as “a one-sided surface that is constructed from a rectangle by holding one end fixed, rotating the opposite end through 180 degrees, and joining it to the first end.” Bill became interested in this idea after viewing Constantin Brancusi’s 1918 sculpture, Endless Column. Bill explored this theme throughout his career using a variety of mediums such as granite, metal and works on paper. Unity of Sphere and Endless Spiral reflect Bill’s preoccupation with this mathematical phenomenon. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ProLitteris, Zürich
Germaine Richier (1904-1959)
La Sauterelle (The Grasshopper)
Germaine Richier was a French sculptor born in Grans who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier, in the atelier of Louis-Jacques Guiges. In 1926, she went to work for Rodin’s student, Antoine Bourdelle, remaining in his studio until his death in 1929. Richier was interested in a classical approach to sculpture and preferred to work from a live model before reworking the final product. She is best known for her work that combines classical forms with human-animal hybrids. In September 1939, her life changed dramatically when the outbreak of the war caught her and her husband in Switzerland. They decided to remain in Zurich and spent the duration of the war there. La Sauterelle, or The Grasshopper, is a prime example of her mature work and features a female-animal hybrid with a human face, arms, and hands, and a grasshopper's thorax and sinewy legs. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © JoAnn Sieburg-Baker
Bechtler Ensemble Series is generously sponsored by Natascha Bechtler, Margaret Martin, George and Peg Povinelli and Donald Sohn.