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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.

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.

2015

Katrina Palmer: The Necropolitan Line

10 December 2015 – 21 February 2016
Main Galleries

British artist Katrina Palmer (b. 1967) presents writing and amplified sound as sculpture, working with fragmented narratives to evoke physical and psychological human interactions with objects.

An open, round silver container holds a smaller roll of white film.

Christine Kozlov: Information

10 December 2015 – 21 February 2016
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Drawing from Kozlov’s to date unexamined archive, this exhibition explores how sculpture became redefined during the conceptual art movement, when idea came to take precedence over object.

Four wooden boxes are neatly divided up by smaller internal cardboard boxes, each containing an individual specimen, such as seeds, stones, fibres, and other natural and man-made materials.

Object Lessons

30 September 2015 – 3 January 2016
Gallery 4

The ‘object lesson’ was based on the premise of learning via a direct encounter with a collection of objects. This focused exhibition offers a fascinating first-hand insight into this once innovative concept that is central to understanding objects.

A wood frame affixed with leather strips, with the outline of a yellow hand painted on top.

Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture

13 August – 8 November 2015
Main Galleries and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

This exhibition celebrates multi-sensory encounters with sculpture, presenting over 120 works by Neagu including sculptures, drawings, films, texts and archival material, much of which has never previously been exhibited.

A piece of terracotta clay, possibly the neck and handle of an amphora, with a starfish, piece of horn and shell attached.

Eileen Agar: Natural Ready-mades

27 May – 30 August 2015
Gallery 4

Eileen Agar sought out sculptural forms in nature, combing the shoreline for ‘natural ready-mades’ that she choreographed into collages and sculptures.

Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa

2 April – 12 July 2015
Main Galleries

Bringing together contemporary sculptures by American artist Carol Bove (b. 1971) with exhibition furniture, sculptures and architectural prototypes by Venetian architect and exhibition designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-78).

Black and white photograph of numerous steel pipes and grid covers, piled together on a concrete floor.

Garth Evans: Sculpture Photographs

2 April – 12 July 2015
Sculpture Study Galleries

Garth Evans (b. 1934) is central to the narrative of British sculpture, his work experimenting with the possibilities of medium, form, weight and scale.

A red spiny lobster carved in wood. The legs are tucked up by the body, making the main part roughly egg shaped, while the antenna curve out in front of the body and then back over the top, roughly doubling the height of the sculpture.

A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture

28 January – 19 April 2015
Gallery 4

Nine sculptures from the Taisho and early Showa periods (1912-41), bringing work from this period in Japan to British audiences for the first time.

2014

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Annan crouching down to work on the mosaic panels for King's College Library, Newcastle.

Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant

11 November 2014 – 1 March 2015
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Taking a newly acquired archival collection, this exhibition sheds light on the relationship between sculpture and architecture and the role of art in British society following the Second World War in Britain.

A wooden chair is suspended in mid air on steel wires. Attached to the chair are the complicated apparatus or an exposed jet engine. On the wall next to the sculpture are six photos of the chair 'flying' as part of an event outside the Henry Moore Institute. A male visitor wearing a green t-shirt, blue jeans and red shoes looks at the sculpture from the adjoining gallery.

The Event Sculpture

10 November 2014 – 8 March 2015
Main Galleries and exterior of the Institute

The Henry Moore Institute turns inside out as artists Lara Favaretto, Urs Fischer, Ceal Floyer, Simone Forti, Simon Martin, Anthony McCall, Maria Nordman, Tino Sehgal and Roman Signer use the exterior of our building as a site for temporary sculptures.

Abstract sculpture made from thin, interlocking sheets of aluminium. Some are joined with hinges. Two of the sheets have a circular cut-out at the centre, with the resulting circles of aluminium laid on top of each other, set at roughly 90 degrees to the sheets they were cut from, creating the impression of a sphere at the centre of the sculpture.

Lygia Clark: Organic Planes

24 September 2014 – 4 January 2015
Gallery 4

Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s (1920-88) experiential sculpture sought to break the space between artwork and perception, radically innovating the relationship between the art object and the audience.

Several people walk around an installation made of interlocking pieces of wire configured into polygonal structures.

Gego. Line as Object

24 July – 19 October 2014
Main Galleries and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Gego. Line as Object investigates the Venezuelan artist’s unrivalled engagement with the problems of form and space – using light, shadow, scale and gravity in a constant process of discovery.

A display case holding two different editions of D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form, as well as intricate glass models of Jellyfish.

D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form

14 May – 17 August 2014
Gallery 4

A poetic and mathematical study of scale, gravity, order and process, On Growth and Form lodged itself within the consciousness of twentieth-century sculpture.

Black and white photo showing the sculptor in work clothes standing behind his sculpture of a mermaid; she is reclining on a turtle, and holds a fish by her neck, with two more by her feet. In front of the sculpture, a naked female model lies on a couch in a similar pose to the sculpture. The sculpture looks to be finished, so the photo is likely staged, rather than a candid work in progress.

Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object

20 March – 22 June 2014
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Photography has made sculpture mobile since the birth of the medium, whether activating them visually, transporting them by proxy or documenting their travels across space and time.

Several minimalist sculptures situated in a double-height gallery space.

Ian Kiaer: Tooth House

20 March – 22 June 2014
Main Galleries

Ian Kiaer (b. 1971) repurposes debris to create props and proposals for perceiving objects in space, asking questions of value and form.

A black and white photo of a gallery space, with several minimal geometric sculptures constructed from lengths of painted wood, steel, and wire.

Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg: Construction for a Spatial Structure VI (‘KPS6’, 1919/73)

22 January – 20 April 2014
Gallery 4

Vladimir (1899-1982) and Georgii (1900-33) Stenberg are central figures of the early Russian Constructivist movement, characterised by a laboratory style of working that placed the ‘artist-producer’ within everyday activities.

2013

Drawing of a 'Floating Fire Machine'; a barge with an elaborate system of pulleys and gears, designed to shoot fireworks. Text on the side of the barge reads: 'All parts of machine are bandaged with rags & petrol. The whole machine is on fire. Flywheels, axles. Fire starts from one end. Large, moving banks of fireworks, explosions, coloured flames. Centre tower dances 'bandaleros' of fireworks in the flames. c. One hour performance MACHINE.'

Stephen Cripps: Pyrotechnic Sculptor

21 November 2013 – 16 February 2014
Sculpture Study Galleries

Cripps transformed objects with actions, sound and pyrotechnics. In his short career from 1970-82 he developed many ambitious schemes for mechanical sculptures and performance works.

A large mechanical sled on rockers, mounted on rails. At the front is a stand, raised above the viewer, on which nine balls of candy floss are mounted. On the back wall are a series of framed photographs depicting landscapes with swirling vortices in the sky. Other abstract sculptural pieces hang from the ceiling, above and around the main 'sled' sculpture.

Dennis Oppenheim: Thought Collision Factories

21 November 2013 – 16 February 2014
Main Galleries

Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011) initiated sculptural events in a quest to make ideas material, producing sculptures that took the form of actions, performances, installations, film and architecture.

A black, person-sized sculpture stands on the floor of a gallery. A curved armature is in the process of spinning; the central point faces the viewer, so the movement takes the appearance of a spiral. A red foot operated button sits on the floor nearby, to turn the sculpture on or off.

Jean Tinguely: ‘Spiral’ (1965)

25 September 2013 – 5 January 2014
Gallery 4

Swiss artist Jean Tinguely’s (1925-91) experiments with mechanical contraptions explore how animated objects can initiate sculptural events.

Three sculptures of the head and shoulders of a young girl. On the left and to the front is a plaster model; in the centre is the larger marble sculpture, roughly twice the size of the plaster version; and at the other end, facing away, is a version of the same sculpture in bronze, slightly smaller smaller than the model in plaster.

The Age of Innocence: Replicating the Ideal Portrait in the New Sculpture Movement

25 July – 20 October 2013
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Examining notions of the ‘ideal’ in female portraits and head studies of the New Sculpture Movement, a group of late nineteenth-century artists whose emphasis on realism, emotion and sensuality signalled an important change in British sculpture.