Henry Moore at Hauser & Wirth

A MAJOR exhibition of work by the great sculp[tor Henry Moore opens at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, at Durslade Farm, Bruton, on 28th May and continues to 4th September.

Henry Moore: Sharing Form has been curated by Hannah Higham of the Henry Moore Foundation in collaboration with the artist’s daughter Mary Moore. A comprehensive survey spanning six decades will extend across all five gallery spaces, in addition to an open-air presentation of seminal works including: The Arch (1963/69), Large Interior Form (1953/1954) and Locking Piece (1962/1963).

The exhibition takes as its starting point the artist’s early fascination with the Neolithic site of Stonehenge and continued exploration of the upright abstract form.

Moore first encountered the prehistoric monuments under the moonlight as a young man in 1921 – 52 years later he embarked on a series of lithographs on the subject. He was fascinated by the relationship between the towering masses of ancient stone, their size and siting in the landscape, and the mysterious depths and distances evoked on his returning visits.

For Moore, the power and intensity of such large forms set against land and sky precipitated career-long investigations into scale, material and volume and the juxtaposition of art and nature, which are presented throughout the exhibition.

Alongside the artist’s most celebrated works, the viewer is immersed in a deeply personal selection of artworks and objects curated by Mary Moore, set within the centre of the exhibition. The collection contains almost 100 items from her father’s studio and home, providing an immersive insight into the working life of the sculptor and intimate memories she holds through these objects.

On Friday 10th June at 6pm, there will be a panel discussion,  Exploring Form. Henry Moore and Stonehenge, with guest curator Hannah Higham of the Henry Moore Foundation, Mary Moore and Neil Wilkin, curator of The World of Stonehenge exhibition, currently on view at The British Museum. Moderated by writer and journalist Alastair Sooke, the talk will discuss Moore’s seminal visit to Stonehenge in 1921 and its continued influence, as well as the exhibition’s themes addressing the power of form and our relationship between art and the human experience.

During the exhibition at Durslade Farm, there will be two free exhibition tours with James Copper, sculpture conservator and senior technician of the Henry Moore Foundation, and free talks by members of the gallery team – visit the website for more details.

Pictured: The Arch, 1963/69, photograph by Ken Adlard. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation; Henry Moore with three of his Upright Motives, ca. 1955. Courtesy The Henry Moore Foundation. Photo: Barry Warner; Stonehenge 1.