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2022

2021

Henry Moore: Configuration

17 September 2021 – 23 January 2022
Gallery 4

A rare opportunity to see Henry Moore’s work at the Institute, this display offers insight into his use of material, space and the humanisation of organic form.

Julia Crabtree and William Evans: Slip

17 September 2021 – 16 January 2022
Main Galleries

Julia Crabtree and William Evans’ work incorporates a breadth of materials and modes of making from casting and glass-blowing to video-making and printing. For each new body of work they initiate a sequence of contained sculptural experiments.

Portable Sculpture

18 May – 29 August 2021
Main Galleries

Bringing together works from 1934 to the present day, this exhibition looks at sculptures that have been deliberately designed to fold up, or pack down, or that have been made while on the move.

Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful

8 May – 29 August 2021
Gallery 4 and entrance steps

Rafael Pérez Evans’ temporary sculptures made using foodstuffs draw upon legacies of 1960s sculpture, Land Art and acts of social protest. For this exhibition, Pérez Evans presents three new works that explore a tension between basic human need and the overproduction of food.

2020

Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

13 March 2020 – 3 January 2021
Main Galleries and Gallery 4

Discover Paloma Varga Weisz’s enchanting figurative sculpture, made using traditional techniques, including woodcarving and ceramics.

2019

Edward Allington: Things Unsaid

25 October 2019 – 23 February 2020
Main Galleries, Gallery 4 and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Seeking new ways of ‘moving and matching the complexity of the world’, Edward Allington (1951-2017) was part of a generation of artists responding to changing aesthetic, social and cultural values at the end of the 1970s.

Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

22 June – 29 September 2019
Across all our gallery spaces and the Sculpture Research Library

From new work by international artists to sculpture drawn from world-class collections, this festival showcases the diversity of contemporary sculptural practice across four sites: the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Phyllida Barlow: Sculpture and Drawings from the Leeds Collection

8 March – 29 September 2019
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Working with mass produced materials and ad hoc processes, Barlow creates objects that are at once playful and strange, abstract and anthropomorphic, from hand-sized works to monumental commissions.

Renee So: Bellarmines and Bootlegs

8 March – 2 June 2019
Main Galleries and Gallery 4

Renee So’s playful, cartoon-like and typically drunken characters, informed by research into European and Assyrian sculpture, present a unique take on portraiture that combines the historical with the mythical.

2018

Lucia Nogueira

5 October 2018 – 20 January 2019
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

The Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lucia Nogueira (1950-98) was recognised as an intelligent and instinctive maker of meaning through objects. This exhibition presents rarely seen sculptures and works on paper from the Leeds Sculpture Collections alongside a number of loans.

Senga Nengudi

21 September 2018 – 10 February 2019
Main Galleries and Gallery 4

The first solo institutional exhibition of the work of Senga Nengudi outside the United States, this exhibition brings together pioneering work from 1969 to the present, alongside a new installation.

A Frieze for Leeds: Imagining a Sculptural Façade for Leeds Art Gallery in 1968

13 June – 2 September 2018
Gallery 4

This intriguing set of drawings and models documents an unrealised project from the 1960s that was designed to revive the entrance to Leeds Art Gallery.

The Sculpture Collections

22 March – 26 August 2018
Across the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery

Celebrating a thirty-six year partnership that has built one of the strongest collections of British sculpture in the world, this exhibition showcases the best of the Leeds Sculpture Collections.

Neil Gall: The Studio – Cover Versions

21 February – 2 September 2018
Reception and the Sculpture Research Library

This display presents seventy of Neil Gall’s collage works in which he cuts into copies of The Studio magazine, plays around with their images and typographies, and adds to them with his own over-drawings to create these ‘cover versions’.

Sculpture by Another Name: Tony Carter’s ‘By Bread Only’ (1978-79)

21 February – 20 May 2018
Gallery 4

This single work exhibition presents ‘By Bread Only – For the Demise of Icons’ (1978-79), a major work by the sculptor Tony Carter (1943-2016), which has recently entered the Leeds Museums and Galleries Collection.

2017

Becoming Henry Moore

30 November 2017 – 18 February 2018
Main Galleries

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of our founding, Becoming Henry Moore gives an insight into the influences at play in the mind of Britain’s foremost modern sculptor during his formative years.

David Dye: Devices

13 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
Sculpture Study Galleries

This archival exhibition showcases the dynamic early work of David Dye, an artist who was at the heart of the radical changes taking place in British sculpture during the 1960s and 70s.

Mary Gillick: Her Art in your Pocket

20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018
Gallery 4

This display is the first dedicated to Gillick’s sculpture, and presents plaster models, drawings and photographs showing her working processes for the production of coins, medals and portrait reliefs.

Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture

13 July – 22 October 2017
Main Galleries

Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98) is central to the development of post-war art in Japan. He expanded points into volume, brought sculptural actions into the life of the city, and made shadows and perspective tangible.

Ghisha Koenig: Machines Restrict their Movement

25 May – 13 August 2017
Gallery 4

Ghisha Koenig (1921-93) dedicated her artistic life to studying and sculpting modern factory labour in Britain.

Aleksandra Domanović: Votives

23 March – 11 June 2017
Main Galleries

A new commission of sculptures by Aleksandra Domanović investigate how technological advances impact on communication and culture.

Roy Ascott: Form has Behaviour

25 January – 23 April 2017
Gallery 4

Roy Ascott (b. 1934) is a pioneering British artist who has worked throughout his career with cybernetics, telematics and communication theories. This focused exhibition sets out to establish Ascott’s innovative work in the narrative of British sculpture.

2016

City Sculpture Projects 1972

24 November 2016 – 19 February 2017
Main Galleries

We revisit the ambitious, multi-city exhibition that brought sculpture into daily urban life.

Eleanor Antin: ‘CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture’

28 September 2016 – 3 January 2017
Gallery 4

‘CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture’ is a landmark work in the history of conceptual art, and a key reference on art and art history courses today.

On a blue background rests a pair of black, oval-rimmed glasses, with a piece of pink painted metal attached. This prosthesis spans from the bridge of the nose, curving around the wearer's eyesocket to cover the left cheek, extending downwards to the jaw and back to the ear.

The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics

21 July – 23 October 2016
Main Galleries

Throughout history, human beings have sought to extend and supplement their own form. This exhibition traces how artists have addressed radical changes to the very thing we humans know best: our bodies.

William Hamo Thornycroft: ‘Charity and Justice’ 1888

18 May – 21 August 2016
Gallery 4

Celebrating a new acquisition for the Leeds Sculpture Collection, exhibited in public for the first time since its creation in 1888.

A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham

24 March – 19 June 2016
Main Galleries

Material transformations. Matter, physics and process. Monuments to labour. Through these provocations British artist John Latham (1921-2006) rethought the limits and possibilities of art.

A black and white photograph of a woman with short black hair, holding a modelling tool in her right hand, leaning in towards an abstract sculpture she is making.

Olga Jevrić: Proposals for Monuments

3 February – 17 April 2016
Gallery 4

Olga Jevrić, a Serbian artist who was instrumental to the development of abstract sculpture in Yugoslavia, could evoke the monumental within the smallest of sculptures.