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Kim Lim working on Twice, 1968. © Estate of Kim Lim / Turnbull Studio. All Rights Reserved, DACS. Photo: Jorge Lewinski. © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth. All Rights Reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images
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Kim Lim: Space, Rhythm & Light

25 November 2023 – 2 June 2024

Exhibition entry is £13 / £11 / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 18s. Ticket includes entry to all our gallery spaces on the day of visit.

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★★★★ The Observer

Kim Lim: Space, Rhythm & Light is the first major museum exhibition of Lim’s work since 1999, offering unparalleled insight into the British-Singaporean artist’s life and work. The exhibition displays over 100 artworks created over four decades by Lim, alongside extensive archive material, most of which has never been seen publicly before, to show the full breadth of Lim’s work.

Inspired by forms found in the natural world as well as those in global cultures which Lim discovered on her extensive travels to Asia, Lim’s distinct contribution to 20th-century British sculpture and printmaking has been widely overlooked compared to her contemporaries.

The exhibition explores Lim’s multipart wood and metal sculptures that defined her work between the 1950s and 1970s, as well as her later minimalist stone carvings made in the 1980s and 1990s.

‘Space, Rhythm & Light is the most comprehensive exhibition of Kim Lim’s work to date. Lim’s contribution is often overlooked in histories of post-war British art, but here, in the context of the legacy of Barbara Hepworth at The Hepworth Wakefield, there couldn’t be a better time or place to showcase the quality and value of Lim’s work. I am very grateful to the Kim Lim Estate for their generosity in allowing us to share so much information which will provide visitors with an in-depth understanding of how Lim developed her technical mastery of numerous materials as well as her own unique style and visual language.’ Dr Abi Shapiro, Curator



Exhibition supported by

Kim Lim Estate/Turnbull Studio
Michael & Yvonne Uva