Each week, a selected topic is the focus of a one-hour guided tour where discussion is encouraged. Curators and experts talk about highlights from Objects of Wonder, explain links to other media and disciplines, and show lines of development in British sculpture from the 1950s to the present.

Free with an admission ticket.
Admission tickets can be purchased at the ticket shop and at the cash desk


Curator Tour of Objects of Wonder
Friday, February 1, 6 – 7 pm

Daniel Slater, Head of International Collection Exhibitions, und Elena Crippa, the curator of the exhibition, guide you through the show and give insight into the history of British sculpture form the 1950s to the present.

Sculpture and Material
Friday, February 8; April 5; and May 3, 6 – 7 pm

Since the 1940s British artists have revolutionized sculpture, among other things through the use of new materials. These materials can be plastics or rusty steel plates; ash, springs, or dried fruit. Or goods available at hardware stores: plaster, wire, roofing felt, or plywood. A tour of the alchemy of materials.

Nature and Sculpture
Friday, February 15; March 8; and April 26, 6 – 7 pm

In the 1950s, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth took forms from nature and brought spirituality and science into play. In the 1970s, artists like Richard Long discovered landscape as an artistic material. Today artists such as Helen Marten work like alchemists. Nature was and remains a source of inspiration for British sculptors and a component of their work.

Surfaces and Materiality
Friday, February 22; May 17, 6 – 7 pm

Whether it's surrealistic shell sculptures, silver teapots, or cigarette butts: The use of readymades—found, everyday objects—is a specialty of British sculpture. Through distortion, recombination, and dramatic staging they become Objects of Wonder that tell stories and put forgotten or only fleetingly perceived things in a completely new light.

Tactile Tempo – Sound in Sculpture
Friday, March 1; March 22; and April 12, 6 – 7 pm

What sounds and noises does a sculpture evoke in us when we view it as an instrument? What effect do materiality and form have on our musical imagination? British artist Bill Woodrow, for example, cuts guitars out of a washing machine. In this tour we explore haptic aspects of music and sculpture based on selected works.

Sculpture and Performance
Friday, March 15; April 19; and May 10, 6 – 7 pm

This guide tour concentrates on sculptures that work with the body. Selected works are discussed that either emerged in the context of a performance or where the body is part of the work itself.

Women Artists in British Sculpture
Friday, March 29, and May 24, 6 – 7 pm

Modernism is a woman: Back in the 1930s, Barbara Hepworth revolutionized abstract sculpture. Yet she is overshadowed by fellow sculptor Henry Moore. In the 1970s, a new generation emerged. Phyllida Barlow, who countered male monumentalism with everyday materials, and feminist artists like Rose Finn-Kelcey and Alexis Hunter paved the way for the women superstars of British sculpture: Tracey Enim, Rachel Whiteread, and Mona Hatoum.