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Henry Moore: The Sixties

Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire

A man walks between two sculptures by Henry Moore in a large gallery space: 'Large Spindle Piece' and 'Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge'.

Join us at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in 2022 for a fascinating insight into Moore’s life and work during a pivotal decade in his career.

In the 1960s, Moore embraced new materials and techniques which enabled him to work on an increasingly monumental scale. He incorporated a greater degree of abstraction in his work and satisfied an enormous global demand for his art, which sometimes generated controversy.

This exhibition features rarely seen sculptures, drawings, graphics and a wealth of archive material drawn entirely from our collections to illuminate the innovation of an artist at the height of his powers.

Moore’s increasing fame as an artist brought about world-wide demand for his work, while he also attracted criticism and controversy in the art world. Explore the development of Moore’s iconic commissions and how a new generation of artists sought to challenge him.

Henry Moore: The Sixties – Exhibition Tour

In this film, Hannah Higham (curator of Henry Moore : The Sixties) and Sylvia Cox (curator at the Henry Moore Foundation) discuss the main themes of the exhibition – scale, abstraction, and the global demand for Henry Moore.

Of the 30 sculptures on show, highlights include the never-before-exhibited plaster for Large Spindle Piece 1968 and the working models for some of Moore’s most important, international commissions. Over 20 drawings and graphics will reveal Moore’s incredible use of colour and his pioneering use of new printing techniques.

Entry to Henry Moore: The Sixties will be included in a ticket to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Located at the artist’s former home in Hertfordshire, the gardens showcase Moore’s monumental sculptures in the landscape where he worked for over four decades. His studios are open for you to explore the creative processes behind his well-known artworks and the family’s home houses Moore’s own art collection and the curiosities that often inspired his sculpture.

Restoring Large Spindle Piece

Sculpture Conservator James Copper talks about the work to prepare the plaster of Large Spindle Piece 1968 for display in Henry Moore: The Sixties.

Events programme

All the World's a Stage: Henry Moore and the Performing Arts
An out of focus colour photo showing a theatre stage with 3 performers in costume. They are performing under a set which comprises two white, semi-abstract arches.

Open archive session

All the World's a Stage: Henry Moore and the Performing Arts

11:00–16:00

Henry Moore Archive
Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire
Re/Construct Workshop: Weaving Sculpture, with Mia Mai Symonds

Adult workshop (age 16+)

Re/Construct Workshop: Weaving Sculpture, with Mia Mai Symonds

14:30–16:45

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Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire

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Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with a visit to the artist’s former home, studios and sculpture gardens.

Perry Green
Hertfordshire
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom

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