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To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Henry Moore Foundation presents Becoming Henry Moore, an exhibition showcasing the artist’s creative trajectory from 1914 until 1930.

The exhibition – presented at both of the Foundation’s venues – will give an insight into the influences at play in the mind of Britain’s foremost modern sculptor during his formative years. It will chart Moore’s early years at school in Castleford, his time delving into the experimental world of his peers and contemporaries at Leeds School of Art (now Leeds College of Art) and his scholarship at the Royal College of Art in London.

Henry Moore c.1929-30 with Reclining Figure 1929 (LH 59) and Mask 1930 (LH 77) © Henry Moore Archive, courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries

Image: Henry Moore c.1929-30 with Reclining Figure 1929 (LH 59) and Mask 1930 (LH 77) © Henry Moore Archive, courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries

Starting with experimental work from his student days in Yorkshire and London, Becoming Henry Moore will be the presentation of Moore’s work from the 1920s, shown in dialogue with artists who inspired him or worked alongside him. These include British contemporaries such as Barbara Hepworth and Leon Underwood; the European avant-gardes, Constantin BrâncuČ™i, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Pablo Picasso; earlier artists such as Auguste Rodin and Michelangelo, plus examples of African, Aztec and Cycladic art from the British Museum; and publications which Moore studied as a young artist.

The exhibition will open at Easter at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens and then travel to the Henry Moore Institute in November 2017.

Becoming Henry Moore
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
14 April – 22 October 2017