Williamson Art Gallery and Museum: Henry Moore and The Arts Council Collection

Henry Moore, Working Model for Reclining Figure Internal/External Form 1951. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Henry Moore Foundation. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation.
Henry Moore, Working Model for Reclining Figure Internal/External Form 1951. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Henry Moore Foundation. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation.

8 February – 13 April

Free

The gallery on Slatey Road Birkenhead will house 23 works from Henry Moore in the Arts Council collection.

Born in Yorkshire in 1898, Henry Moore was the contemporary equivalent of the great Neo Classical sculptors such as Canova and Thorwaldsen. His monumental bronze public sculptures are famous around the world.

Abstractions of organic shapes were Moore’s primary motif and he was quoted in 1964 as saying: “In my opinion, everything, every shape, every bit of natural form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like are all things that can help you to make a sculpture.”

Henry Moore died in 1986, aged 88. The largest collection of his work that is open to the public can be seen within the house and grounds of the 40-acre estate, that was Moore’s home for forty years, in Perry Green, Hertfordshire and which is owned now by the Henry Moore Foundation.

However, other notable pieces by Moore can be seen in locations as diverse as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, outside the House of Lords in London, Jerusalem and Hong Kong.

There will be a “messy workshop” on 22 February

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum Birkenhead, Wirral, CH43 4UE

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