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Mind-bending sculptures to star in region's first big showcase of Henry Moore's work

PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:26 19 February 2019

Henry Moore's three-piece sculpture, Vertebrae, which will be shown at Houghton Hall. Picture: Jonty Wilde

Henry Moore's three-piece sculpture, Vertebrae, which will be shown at Houghton Hall. Picture: Jonty Wilde

JONTY WILDE

He was a trailblazing sculptor who came to symbolize post-war modernism.

Henry Moore with a plaster version of his two-piece scultpure, Knife Edge, in 1961. Picture: JOHN HEDGECOE/HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION ARCHIVEHenry Moore with a plaster version of his two-piece scultpure, Knife Edge, in 1961. Picture: JOHN HEDGECOE/HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION ARCHIVE

And now East Anglia’s first major exhibition of Henry Moore’s work is being planned for Houghton Hall in north-west Norfolk.

Lord David Cholmondeley, owner of the country house, said he was delighted about the show, titled Henry Moore at Houghton Hall: Nature and Inspiration, which would take place from May 1 to September 29.

He said: “It is a great accolade for Houghton to have the Henry Moore Foundation involved in this year’s exhibition.

“We feel honoured that the foundation are lending such a range of important work and have agreed to curate the show for us.

Henry Moore's sculpture, The Arch, which will be shown at Houghton Hall. Picture: HENRY MOORE FOUNDATIONHenry Moore's sculpture, The Arch, which will be shown at Houghton Hall. Picture: HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION

“We are also extremely grateful to our sponsors, particularly the Gagosian Gallery.”

Moore, who died in 1986 aged 88, is best-known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which can now be found everywhere from Stuttgart to Stevenage as public works of art.

Several of these will be on show in Houghton’s grounds, with smaller works, models and etchings displayed inside.

Organisers said there would also be “sculptural interventions” in Houghton’s staterooms including the Stone Hall.

Henry Moore's sculpture, Large Reclining Figure, which will be shown at Houghton Hall. Picture: HENRY MOORE FOUNDATIONHenry Moore's sculpture, Large Reclining Figure, which will be shown at Houghton Hall. Picture: HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION

Some of Moore’s most celebrated works such as Large Reclining Figure 1984, The Arch 1963-69, Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae 1968-69 and Upright Motive No.8 1955-56 will be included in the exhibition.

Godfrey Worsdale, Henry Moore Foundation director, said: “Over recent years, Houghton has become increasingly recognised for the platform it gives to artists, and in particular to the work of sculptors.

“Henry Moore was frequently engaged by the relationship of his work with architecture, and always pleased to see his monumental forms in natural light and settings; this exhibition will enable both to be seen to magnificent effect.”

Houghton has become renown for its exhibitions of contemporary art, and hosted a Damien Hirst art and sculpture trail last year.

Entry to the show, curated by the foundation’s head of collections and exhibitions. Sebastiano Barassi, costs £18, £10 for students and free for under 17s, with tickets to go on sale from March 1.

For more information, visit www.houghtonhall.com.

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