Leeds Art Gallery Opens Henry Moore Exhibition

Leeds Art Gallery presents an exhibition of work by Henry Moore Exhibition on view 4th March to 12th June 2011.

Radical, experimental and avant garde, Henry Moore (1898-1986) was one of Britain’s greatest artists. This major exhibition will re-assert his position at the forefront of progressive twentieth-century sculpture, bringing together the most comprehensive selection of his works for a generation. Henry Moore in Leeds will present over 100 significant works including stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings.


Henry Moore 1898-1986 Two Seated Figures 1941, Leeds Museums and Galleries. The Henry Moore Foundation.

Henry Moore will reveal the range and quality of Moore’s art in new ways – sometimes uncovering a dark and erotically charged dimension that challenges the familiar image of the artist and his work. Henry Moore first emerged as an artist in the wake of the First World War, in which he served on the Western Front. This exhibition will emphasise the impact on Moore’s work of its historical and intellectual contexts: the trauma of war, the advent of psychoanalysis and new ideas of sexuality, and the influence of primitive art and surrealism.

The recurring motif of the mother and child will be explored throughout the exhibition. Moore called it his ‘fundamental obsession’, and presented a complex vision of the maternal relationship, ranging from the nurturing bond of Mother and Child 1930-31 (Private Collection), to Suckling Child 1930 (Pallant House).

Henry Moore is a collaboration between Tate Britain and Leeds Art Gallery. Leeds Art Gallery is the final venue of the exhibition which has been curated by Chris Stephens.

The Henry Moore Foundation is a registered charity, founded by the artist in 1977 to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts, and in particular the works of Henry Moore. Its main responsibilities are preserving Moore’s legacy at his home in Hertfordshire and through exhibitions worldwide; funding exhibitions and research at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds; and awarding grants to arts organisations in the UK and abroad.

The Henry Moore Foundation
Dane Tree House
Perry Green
Herts SG10 6EE
Tel: + 44 (0)1279 843 333
www.henry-moore.org

Leeds Art Gallery is a newly re-furbished creative and lively gallery in the heart of Leeds on The Headrow in Leeds’ Cultural Quater. Offering displays of Leeds’ Stunning collections as well as a dynamic programme of changing exhibition, Leeds Art Gallery is an innovative and exciting place to visit for people of all ages and tastes!

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AA
0113 247 8256
www.leeds.gov.uk

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