the gallery Hauser & Wirth of Somerset, in England, presents a huge exhibition dedicated to the career of Henry Moore, famous British sculptor. Curated by Hanna Higham in partnership with Mary Moore, the artist's daughter, the exhibition, which expands six decades of Moore's production, extends through the gallery's five exhibition spaces and also to the outdoor area. The starting point of the exhibition is the artist's fascination with the Neolithic Stonehenge site, presenting to the public some of Moore's monumental works which, placed outdoors, instinctively refer to the historical monument that inspired him.
While Moore was fascinated by the ancient and enigmatic stories connected with the Stonehenge monument, even more fascinating was the product of his work. Between the 1920s and 1930s, along with other avant-garde sculptors, Moore explored the principles of direct carving and the idea of “truth in materials,” working directly with stones and allowing their natural properties to emerge during the process. In this way he bridged the gap between the ancient and the modern.
As a result of his experimental process within the studio, Moore reached a level of fluency in the sculptural language that allowed him to work with the most varied materials using a series of different techniques. In bronze, stone or plaster; embossed or three-dimensional; static or balanced in points, his works are as varied as his practice was extensive and work the notions of gravity, weight, volume and space with mastery.
Along with the artist's acclaimed works, the exhibition also presents visitors with a selection made by Mary Moore of personal items from the artist's studio and home, as well as other lesser-known works, such as engravings made in lithography and etching, which represent repeated times the Stonehenge monument and smaller sculptures. This composition of elements presents the visitor with a kind of “visual library” of the artist that brings the vocabulary he explored and developed during his career and which allows the viewer to delve into a more personal side of the artist, which goes beyond the simple exhibition. of his sculptures.
The Hauser & Wirth exhibition space in Somerset is a walk in and of itself. The place connects the works on display to nature and the beautiful landscape of the English countryside and offers a visit that is totally different from those made to the city's galleries.
Location: Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Address: Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL – United Kingdom
Date: From May 28 to September 4, 2022.
Opening hours: From Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm.