Tate Britain's Henry Moore blockbuster heads for homecoming Yorkshire show at Leeds Art Gallery

By Ben Miller | 02 March 2011
An image of a sculpture of a stone figure reclining on a slab
Henry Moore, Reclining Figure (1929)© Leeds Museums and Galleries, reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation
Exhibition: Henry Moore, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, March 4 – June 12 2011

When Henry Moore’s works went on display at Tate Britain last February, they formed one of the largest shows of the year in London. The show is also guaranteed to be the biggest for decades in Leeds, where the city-owned Art Gallery hasn’t held such a vast exhibition since it hosted the British Art Show in 1990.

Moore laid the foundation stone at the venue when it was extended in 1982, and the gallery will need every last metre to accommodate this complex survey of his stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings from the pre and post-war eras.

“We are all really excited that the waiting is almost over and this fantastic exhibition is about to begin,” says the council’s Adam Ogilvie, calling Moore’s return to his native Yorkshire “wonderfully fitting”.

“We are really proud to be offering this exhibition for everyone to see and would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen. We hope people of all ages flock to see it – it really is something special.”

Drawings of coalmining in Castleford, the town Moore originated from, will feature in the show, held next door to the famous Henry Moore Institute. “There are many ongoing connections between the artist and Yorkshire,” reflects Richard Calvocoressi, the Director of The Henry Moore Foundation.

“The Henry Moore Foundation helped realise this exhibition by lending works from a collection which was established by Moore himself. The Institute exists as a result of Moore's generosity and foresight.”

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