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2022 programme: the year ahead for the Henry Moore Foundation

Release date: Thursday, 25 November 2021

    Emily Dodgson

    • By Emily Dodgson
    • Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
    • Head of Marketing & Communications

    On 24 November 2021 the Henry Moore Foundation announced its 2022 exhibitions programme. Founded by the artist in 1977, the Henry Moore Foundation works to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts through supporting research, innovation, and exhibitions. Today it supports ambitious sculpture projects, devises an imaginative programme of exhibitions and research worldwide, and preserves the legacy of Moore himself.

    Having established the Henry Moore Foundation, Moore gifted the grounds, buildings, and contents of his 70-acre estate in Perry Green, Hertfordshire to the Foundation. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens continues to conserve and present his work in the setting in which it was created. For 2022, the site will present a major survey exhibition titled Henry Moore: The Sixties (1 Apr–30 Oct 2022), a fascinating insight into Moore’s life and work during this pivotal decade in his career which explores the major shifts in his practice, his reception by peers and the wider art world, and the network of friends, collaborators and assistants who contributed to one of his most pivotal decades.

    In 2022, the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds will present an expansive programme of exhibitions showcasing artists working at the frontier of sculptural practice and research today. The year begins with A State of Matter: Modern and Contemporary Glass Sculpture (18 Feb–5 June), an exhibition that will showcase the material properties of glass and the imaginative and subversive ways in which it has been used by a diverse range of artists. Following this, South African artist Lungiswa Gqunta (8 July–30 Oct) presents her first institutional exhibition in Europe which will grapple with the complexities of the South African post-colonial cultural and political landscape. The Institute’s season is completed with The Colour of Anxiety: Race, Sexuality and Disorder in Victorian Sculpture (25 Nov 2022–26 Feb 2023), an exploration of how debates around the use of colour in Victorian sculpture reflected wider cultural anxieties surrounding race, empire, sexuality and the female body.

    2022 Exhibition Programme

    A State of Matter: Modern and Contemporary Glass Sculpture 

    Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
    18 February–5 June 2022 

    Glass is a mysterious and wonderful thing. Less a material than a state of matter, the heat of the furnace transforms grains of silica into molten lava, which can be stretched, flattened, moulded, blown or cast. Unlike stone or wood, there is no essential ‘truth’ to glass as a material. Thus, when sculptors turn to glass, they are able to make it perform the most extraordinary feats, sometimes using its common properties, sometimes subverting them, and often while making profound underlying comments on issues of identity and human frailty. A State of Matter: Modern and Contemporary Glass Sculpture will showcase the material properties of glass as a medium and the ways in which artists have worked with or against these properties. 

    The exhibition will explore the collaborations between artists and master glassmakers which are key to many examples of glass sculpture. Although a number of sculptors specialise in working with glass, more often than not artists turn to the skills and expertise of professionals in order to realise sculpture in glass. The exhibition aims to demonstrate that glass is an infinitely variable material, used in imaginative and subversive ways by a diverse range of artists. 

    Free entry to all

    Henry Moore: The Sixties 

    Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire
    1 April–30 October 2022

    Henry Moore: The Sixties will present a fascinating insight into Moore’s life and work during this 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 will feature rarely seen sculptures, drawings, graphics and a wealth of archive material drawn entirely from the Henry Moore Foundation’s collection to illuminate the innovation of an artist himself in his sixties but at the height of his powers. the exhibition will be the first held at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens to explore a single decade of Moore’s career.

    A programme of events will accompany the exhibition | Admission from £16.00

    Lungiswa Gqunta

    Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
    8 July–30 October 2022

    This exhibition of new and recent work by Lungiswa Gqunta will be the sculptor’s largest to date internationally. Gqunta’s practice reveals the hidden violence and systemic legacies of Colonialism in South Africa and encompasses assemblage, installation, video and works on paper.  Using found materials and drawing upon a relationship to landscape, her work conjures multiple versions of the present. Gqunta brings a lexicon of the home, childhood ritual and urban townships into her sculptures, using found beer bottles, razor wire, bedlinen and furniture among other materials. Scent, including from petrol and the perceived threat that it brings, and sound, such as the rhythmic chanting in her videos that connects to a concern for the spiritual, are also important. Whether displacing the symbols of suburban luxury or revealing the masked realities of the everyday, Gqunta creates immediate encounters with political apathy, privilege and the underlying forces that continue to structure life

    Lungiswa Gqunta lives and works in Cape Town. Her solo exhibitions include Tending to the harvest of dreams 2021, ZOLLAMTMMK Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; Lungiswa Gqunta 2019, Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy; Qwitha 2018, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town; Poolside Conversations 2017, Kelder Projects, London and Qokobe 2016, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town. Group exhibitions include Ubuntu a Lucid Dream 2021, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Living Forgiving Remembering 2020, Museum Arnheim, Netherlands; Garden of Earthly Delights 2019, Gropius Bau, Berlin and The Planetary Garden, Cultivating Coexistence, Manifesta Biennial 12, Palermo (2018). Gqunta attended the Gasworks Residency, London; Women on Aeroplanes workshop, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and the Nirox Residency, Cradle of Humankind in 2018. Gqunta is also one of the founding members of iQhiya, with whom she participated in Documenta 14 and Glasgow International.

    Free entry to all

    The Colour of Anxiety: Race, Sexuality and Disorder in Victorian Sculpture

    Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
    25 November 2022–26 February 2023

    The Colour of Anxiety brings into focus sculpture exhibited and collected in Britain between 1850 to 1900, a rich and yet largely overlooked and poorly documented period in art history. It will examine, in particular, work that introduced colour and new materials into the sculptural process and relate it to the sense of anxiety which often weighed upon Victorian society. As highlighted by recent books such as Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Amelia Bonea et al.), many of these anxieties resonate today in the context of constant technological change, globalisation and a perpetually connected life. The exhibition will include work by John Bell, Charles Cordier, John Gibson, Desiré Maurice Ferrary and Hiram Powers among others.

    The Colour of Anxiety: Race, Sexuality and Disorder in Victorian Sculpture is co-curated by Dr Nicola Jennings (Director, Athena Art Foundation and Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 2015-21) and Dr Adrienne Childs (Adjunct Curator at the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. and associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University). The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication and a programme of online and in-person events.

    Free entry to all

    Claye Bowler

    Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
    October 2022

    Bowler’s work explores queer and trans narratives and how they have been perpetually hidden, erased or destroyed. He uses sculpture and performance to subvert these practices. This exhibition of recent work follows the realisation of Bowler’s Measured Transition 2016–2021, co-commissioned by the Henry Moore Institute and Yorkshire Sculpture International. The performance and video were the culmination of a five-year durational performance around the subject of top surgery within the UK health system.

    Free entry to all.



    For further information, images or to arrange a visit to either of our venues please contact:

    Emily Dodgson, Head of Marketing and Communications | Henry Moore Foundation

    Fiona Russell, Senior Account Director | Sutton