The Henry Moore Foundation is presenting a major new exhibition titled Moore Rodin, which compares the work of Moore with one of the pioneers of modern sculpture Auguste Rodin. This will be the first time that another artist has been shown alongside Henry Moore in the Gallery and 70 acres of gardens at Perry Green in Hertfordshire, Moore’s home for over 40 years until his death in 1986. And the first time that such a significant group of Rodin’s works has been presented in the British landscape.
This ground-breaking exhibition will include important loans from the Musée Rodin in Paris and from public collections in the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The Musée Rodin has generously agreed to lend Rodin’s Adam 1881, the third maquette forThe Gates of Hell c.1881-82 and Walking Man, Large Torso 1906. The exhibition also includes Walking Man 1899 lent by Musée Bourdelle Paris, a cast of which Moore owned. ‘Walking Man has everything that I love about Rodin, especially his wonderful sense of the human figure’, Moore once said. The exhibition also includes an extensive selection of drawings by both artists and the first ever showing of a set of photographs taken by Moore of his cast of Walking Man at Perry Green.
Moore’s debt to Rodin was profound: ‘I began to realise that a lot of things one might be using and being influenced by are, compared with Rodin, altogether too easy. So that as time has gone on, my admiration for Rodin has grown and grown.’ He considered Rodin’s Monument to the Burghers of Calais, which Rodin himself sited in Victoria Gardens outside the Houses of Parliament, the greatest work of public sculpture in London.
The exhibition, Moore Rodin, is curated by Anita Feldman, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Henry Moore Foundation. To coincide with the exhibition, a fully illustrated catalogue will be published with an introduction and extended essay by Anita Feldman and an essay by Moore’s daughter, Mary, on Rodin and Moore’s collections of antiquities and other artefacts. The revealing interview that Moore gave in 1970 with Alan Bowness about Rodin will also be reprinted. Anita Feldman said: ‘The relationship between figure and landscape is one of the key themes of this major exhibition, for the first time giving an opportunity to see the work of both artists side by side in Moore’s own surroundings.’
Richard Calvocoressi, Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, said: ‘We are proud and delighted that, through our close working relationship with the Musée Rodin in Paris, we are able to mount this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition juxtaposing the work of two great artists who changed the way we see sculpture.’
Moore Rodin: The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts SG10 6EE
29 March – 27 October 2013 Wednesday – Sunday & Bank Holidays. Opening times 11.00-17.00
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