Henry Moore at Kew gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is to host a landmark exhibition of monumental works by the internationally acclaimed sculptor Henry Moore. 28 large-scale sculptures will be exhibited in Kew’s unique 300 acre World Heritage Site landscape, making this the first exhibition of its kind ever to be held in London.
There have been previous exhibitions of Moore’s work in the capital but never on such a scale and in a landscape setting. The Henry Moore Foundation have curated the exhibition and selected a combination of pieces that have never been brought together before, including some that have never been seen in London.
This powerful exhibition will highlight the inspiration that Moore took from nature and his enjoyment of seeing his works in a landscape setting. In 1958 Moore began creating works of sculpture on a very large scale that break the
confines of the traditional gallery space and demand to be seen in the open. Moore liked to see his work in nature and placed it in the landscape around his home in the English countryside. This setting – with its space and changing natural light – emphasised for him the enduring and harmonious relationship of man to the natural world, one of the fundamentals of his sculpture.
‘Landscape has been for me one of the sources of my energy… I find that all natural forms are a source of unending interest – tree trunks… the texture and variety of grasses… The whole of Nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form.’ (Henry Moore; Energy in Space, 1973)
The exhibition encourages visitors to engage with the sculptures and landscape on several levels. Visitors will be drawn around the Gardens to enjoy the sculptures set against a variety of striking backdrops, from the formal
gardens and great glasshouses to lawns and majestic trees. The experience of witnessing the sculptures in the landscape will change throughout the seasons, from the blaze of autumnal reds and gold through the cool light and stark outlines of winter to the riot of spring colour, from the fresh green of new leaves to bright yellow swathes of daffodils and purple crocus carpets.
Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Professor Stephen Hopper, said ‘We are delighted to host such a significant exhibition at Kew. Henry Moore was not only one of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors but he also took his inspiration from nature and the unique landscape of Kew Gardens provides a fitting backdrop for his work. Our visitors will be able to enjoy a walk in a beautiful environment through the changing seasons of autumn, winter and spring with the benefit of a great arts experience at the same time.’
For more information log onto: www.kew.org/henry-moore