The problematics of monuments have seemingly never been as topical as in the current global climate. Since we first planned our rescheduled Monuments Season, monuments have become headline news all over the world. 

The twenty-first century has seen actions as diversely motivated as the 2001 destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan by the Taliban, protests over the confederate monument on Capitol Hill in Raleigh, North Carolina, and, most recently, the toppling of Bristol’s monument to Edward Colston during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests.

This Research Season, organised in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Senior, Henry Moore Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow, will explore current debates around monuments, providing a platform for new research into monumental sculpture and its historical and geopolitical legacies.