Compton Verney to open Moore Rodin exhibition on 10th anniversary

By Culture24 Reporter | 03 January 2014

Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin will take centre stage at Compton Verney when the Warwickshire mansion opens its latest towering exhibition

A photo of a large bronze outdoor sculpture in a park being looked at by a young couple
Auguste Rodin, Cybele (1905, large model) with The Fallen Caryatid with Stone (1911-18) and Henry Moore’s Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae (1968-69) (in background)© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation / Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo: Jonty Wilde
The 10th anniversary of Compton Verney’s annual sculptural season sees the Capability Brown-designed parklands open early for a flourish of sky-pointing sculptures, drawn from the musée Rodin in Paris, the Henry Moore Foundation and public collections.

Rodin’s magnificent 1889 bronze, Monument to the Burghers of Calais, is usually seen outside the Houses of Parliament. Inside, meanwhile drawings by both artists will be accompanied by photos taken by Moore of his cast of Rodin’s Walking Man, taken at his home in Perry Green.

“Having an exhibition installed within our galleries which also exploits our incomparable landscape is something that we have not done since our first year in 2004,” reflects Dr Steven Parissien, Compton Verney’s Director, harking back to the baroque works of filmmaker Peter Greenaway.

“The works have been placed in our landscape to take full advantage of Capability Brown’s fabulous parkland, enabling visitors to see the works relating to one another as well as to their historic setting.

“This is a rare opportunity for audiences throughout the UK to see the works by two of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century together.”

Parissien calls the show “awe-inspiring”, although a display by Moore’s daughter, Mary, should prove more intriguing in its insights into the eye for antiquities shared by the artists – Moore was drawn to African, Oceanic, pre-Columbian and Cycladic sculpture, with Rodin preferring classical objects.

Parallels will also be drawn between models both artists made for larger works, including Rodin’s Gates of Hell, a final study for his Emile Zola-commissioned sculpture of Balzac and Moore’s Mother and Child series.

  • Moore Rodin opens on February 15 2014.

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A black and white photo of a man taking a photo of a sculpture of a male human torso
Henry Moore photographing Auguste Rodin’s Walking Man with his assistant John Farnham at Perry Green (March 1967)© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: The Henry Moore Foundation Archive
An image of a drawing of various cloaked abstract figures against a darkened backdrop
Henry Moore, Group of Draped Figures in a Shelter (1941). Chalk, wax crayon, coloured crayon, watercolour, pen and ink, gouache on cream medium-weight wove© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: The Henry Moore Foundation archive
A photo of a dark bronze sculpted torso of a headless man on a plinth under a blue sky
Auguste Rodin, Walking Man, on a Column (1900)© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation / Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo: Jonty Wilde
A photo of a series of bronze sculptures of men on a plinth within a grassy parkland
Auguste Rodin, Monument to the Burghers of Calais (1889) and Henry Moore, Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae (1968-69)© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation / Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo: Jonty Wilde
A photo of a small light brown sculpture model of a woman on a stone inside a gallery
Auguste Rodin, Danaid large version (1885)© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation / Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo: Jonty Wilde
A photo of the head and shoulders of a bronze male torso sculpture within parklands
Auguste Rodin, Jean d'Aire, Monumental Nude (1887)© Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation / Musée Rodin, Paris. Photo: Jonty Wilde
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