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Highlights from our past exhibition programme at the Henry Moore Institute.

Becoming Henry Moore

30 Nov 2017 - 18 Feb 2018
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of our founding, Becoming Henry Moore gives an insight into the influences at play in the mind of Britain's foremost modern sculptor during his formative years.

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David Dye: Devices

13 October 2017 - 18 February 2018
Sculpture Study Galleries, Leeds Art Gallery

This archival exhibition showcases the dynamic early work of David Dye, an artist who was at the heart of the radical changes taking place in British sculpture during the 1960s and 70s.

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Mary Gillick: Her Art in your Pocket

20 September 2017 - 28 January 2018
Gallery 4

This display is the first dedicated to Gillick's sculpture, and presents plaster models, drawings and photographs showing her working processes for the production of coins, medals and portrait reliefs.

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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture

13 July - 22 October 2017
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98) is central to the development of post-war art in Japan. He expanded points into volume, brought sculptural actions into the life of the city, and made shadows and perspective tangible.

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Ghisha Koenig: Machines Restrict their Movement

25 May - 13 August 2017
Gallery 4

Ghisha Koenig (1921-1993) dedicated her artistic life to studying and sculpting modern factory labour in Britain.

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Aleksandra Domanović: Votives

23 March - 11 June 2017
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

A new commission of sculptures by Aleksandra Domanović investigate how technological advances impact on communication and culture.

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Roy Ascott: Form has Behaviour

25 January - 23 April 2017
Gallery 4

Roy Ascott (b. 1934) is a pioneering British artist who has worked throughout his career with cybernetics, telematics and communication theories. This focused exhibition sets out to establish Ascott's innovative work in the narrative of British sculpture.

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City Sculpture Projects 1972

24 November 2016 - 19 February 2017
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

We revisit the ambitious, multi-city exhibition that brought sculpture into daily urban life.

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Eleanor Antin: 'CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture'

28 September 2016 - 3 January 2017
Gallery 4

'CARVING: A Traditional Sculpture' is a landmark work in the history of conceptual art, and a key reference on art and art history courses today.

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The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics

21 July - 23 October 2016
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Throughout history human beings have sought to extend and supplement their own form. The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics traces how artists have addressed radical changes to the very thing we humans know best: our bodies.

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William Hamo Thornycroft: 'Charity and Justice' (1888)

18 May - 21 August 2016
Gallery 4

Celebrating a new acquisition for the Leeds Sculpture Collection, exhibited in public for the first time since its creation in 1888.

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A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham

24 March - 19 June 2016
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Material transformations. Matter, physics and process. Monuments to labour. Through these provocations British artist John Latham (1921-2006) rethought the limits and possibilities of art.

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Olga Jevrić: Proposals for Monuments

3 February - 17 April 2016
Gallery 4

Olga Jevrić, a Serbian artist who was instrumental to the development of abstract sculpture in Yugoslavia, could evoke the monumental within the smallest of sculptures.

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Katrina Palmer: The Necropolitan Line

10 December 2015 - 21 February 2016
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

From December to February our galleries are filled with stories, as British artist Katrina Palmer (b. 1967) develops a new work in her first institutional commission.

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Christine Kozlov: Information

10 December 2015 - 21 February 2016
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Drawing from Kozlov's to date unexamined archive, this exhibition explores how sculpture became redefined during the conceptual art movement, when idea came to take precedence over object.

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Object Lessons

30 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Gallery 4

The 'object lesson' was based on the premise of learning via a direct encounter with a collection of objects. This focused exhibition offers a fascinating first-hand insight into this once innovative concept that is central to understanding objects.

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Paul Neagu: Palpable Sculpture

13 August - 8 November 2015
Galleries 1, 2 and 3 and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

This exhibition celebrates multi-sensory encounters with sculpture, presenting over 120 works by Neagu including sculptures, drawings, films, texts and archival material, much of which has never previously been exhibited.

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Eileen Agar: Natural Ready-mades

27 May - 30 August 2015
Gallery 4

Eileen Agar sought out sculptural forms in nature, combing the shoreline for 'natural ready-mades' that she choreographed into collages and sculptures.

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Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa

2 April - 12 July 2015
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Bringing together contemporary sculptures by American artist Carol Bove (b.1971) with exhibition furniture, sculptures and architectural prototypes by Venetian architect and exhibition designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-78).

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Garth Evans: Sculpture Photographs

2 April - 12 July 2015
Sculpture Study Galleries

Garth Evans (b. 1934) is central to the narrative of British sculpture, his work experimenting consistently with the possibilities of medium, form, weight and scale.

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A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture

28 January - 19 April 2015
Gallery 4

Nine sculptures from the Taisho and early Showa periods (1912-41), bringing work from this period in Japan to British audiences for the first time.

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Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant

11 Nov 2014 - 1 Mar 2015
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Taking a newly acquired archival collection, this exhibition sheds light on the relationship between sculpture and architecture and the role of art in British society following the Second World War in Britain.

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The Event Sculpture

10 November 2014 - 8 March 2015
Events taking place on the Henry Moore Institute façade, moving into Galleries 1, 2 and 3 on 3 February

In Autumn, the Henry Moore Institute turns inside out as the outside of our building becomes a site for sculpture.

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Lygia Clark: Organic Planes

24 September 2014 - 4 January 2015
Gallery 4

Brazilian artist Lygia Clark's (1920-88) experiential sculpture sought to break the space between artwork and perception, radically innovating the relationship between the art object and the audience.

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Gego. Line as Object

24 July - 19 October 2014
Galleries 1, 2, and 3 and the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Gego. Line as Object investigates the artist's unrivalled engagement with the problems of form and space - using light, shadow, scale and gravity in a constant process of discovery.

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D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form

14 May - 17 August 2014
Gallery 4

A poetic and mathematical study of scale, gravity, order and process, On Growth and Form lodged itself within the consciousness of twentieth-century sculpture.

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Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object

20 March - 22 June 2014
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery

Photography has made sculpture mobile since the birth of the medium. Photographing Sculpture looks at the ways in which photographs 'move' objects, whether activating them visually, transporting them by proxy or documenting their travels across space and time.

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Ian Kiaer: Tooth House

20 March - 22 June 2014
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Ian Kiaer (b. 1971) repurposes debris to create props and proposals for perceiving objects in space, asking questions of value and form.

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Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg: Construction for a Spatial Structure VI ('KPS6', 1919/73)

22 January - 20 April 2014
Gallery 4

Vladimir (1899-1982) and Georgii (1900-33) Stenberg are central figures of the early Russian Constructivist movement, characterised by a laboratory style of working that placed the 'artist-producer' within everyday activities.

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Stephen Cripps: Pyrotechnic Sculptor

21 November 2013 - 16 February 2014
Sculpture Study Galleries

Cripps transformed objects with actions, sound and pyrotechnics. In his short career from 1970-82 he developed many ambitious schemes for mechanical sculptures and performance works.

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Dennis Oppenheim: Thought Collision Factories

21 November 2013 - 16 February 2014
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011) initiated sculptural events in a quest to make ideas material, producing sculptures that took the form of actions, performances, installations, film and architecture.

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Jean Tinguely: 'Spiral' (1965)

25 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
Gallery 4

Swiss artist Jean Tinguely's (1925-91) experiments with mechanical contraptions explore how animated objects can initiate sculptural events.

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The Age of Innocence: Replicating the Ideal Portrait in the New Sculpture Movement

25 July - 20 October 2013
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery

Examining notions of the 'ideal' in female portraits and head studies of the New Sculpture Movement, a group of late nineteenth-century artists whose emphasis on realism, emotion and sensuality signalled an important change in British sculpture.

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Indifferent Matter: From Object to Sculpture

25 July - 20 October 2013
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

By pairing twentieth-century sculpture with ancient objects, this exhibition explores how objects resist the origins, names and histories humans accord to them.

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Alberto Giacometti: 'Tête de femme (Flora Mayo)' (c. 1927)

15 May - 18 August 2013
Gallery 4

This focused exhibition shows Giacometti's sculpture 'Tête de femme (Flora Mayo)' alongside his drawing 'Corner of the Studio with 'Self-Portrait' from 1925 in Plaster'.

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Keir Smith: From Wall to Floor

21 March - 23 June 2013
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Archival exhibition focusing on the artist's work made in the 1970s and early 80s, a time when Smith was making the transition from figurative painting into sculpture, experimenting with process-based art and performance before moving into a landscape setting.

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Robert Filliou: The Institute of Endless Possibilities

21 March - 23 June 2013
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

The first solo exhibition devoted to Filliou (1926-87) in the UK considers the French artist's work outside of his close ties to Fluxus in order to focus specifically on his sculptural output and his concern with objects.

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Vladimir Markov: Displays and Fictions

30 January - 28 April 2013
Gallery 4

Markov, a Latvian painter and art theorist fascinated by the display and understanding of art, scoured galleries across Europe to photograph ethnographic collections of sculpture.

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Helen Chadwick: 'Wreaths to Pleasure'

8 September 2012 - 17 February 2013
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Chadwick's innovative series of photographic 'wreaths' reveal a hidden world of visual and sensorial pleasures.

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Sarah Lucas: Ordinary Things

18 July - 21 October 2012
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Ordinary Things takes Sarah Lucas' (b. 1962) recent series of sculptures 'NUDS' (2009-) as a starting point, looking forward and backward across an artistic practice that has engaged with the possibilities of sculpture for over two decades.

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Vlassis Caniaris: 'Composition' (1974)

30 May - 2 September 2012
Gallery 4

Presenting a single sculptural work by Greek artist Vlassis Caniaris, 'Composition' from 1974, seen outside of Greece for the very first time.

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Michael Dean: Government

12 April - 17 June 2012
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

This new commission of tactile concrete sculptures quote from and transform the Institute's galleries.

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Phyllida Barlow: Bad Copies

12 April - 17 June 2012
Sculpture Study Galleries

Known primarily for her large-scale installations made from salvaged materials that are constructed on-site, Barlow has a continuous practice of drawing which she uses to explore and record her visual ideas.

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Nice Style: The World's First Pose Band

14 Dec 2011 - 12 Feb 2012
Gallery 4

Presenting photographs, posters, postcards and archival material relating to 'Nice Style', a collaborative performance group set up in Maidstone in 1970 by British artists Bruce McLean, Paul Richards, Gary Chitty, Robin Fletcher and Ron Carr.

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United Enemies

1 December 2011 - 11 March 2012
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

United Enemies examines the problem of sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, presenting work by over fifty artists made in a period when the very idea of sculpture was radically contested.

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Tacita Dean: 'Mario Merz'

6 September - 4 December 2011
Gallery 4

Dean's work is concerned with the sculptural properties of light and space, which she explores through drawing, film and sound.

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Mario Merz: What Is to Be Done?

27 July - 30 October 2011
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

A leading figure of Arte Povera, Mario Merz's approach to art making was driven by asking: what can an artist do in the face of a precarious future?

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Darrell Viner: Early Work

27 July - 30 October 2011
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery

Darrell Viner (1947-2001) was a pioneer in the field of computer art. He originally turned to computers to pursue his interest in movement and animation and went on to apply the technology to kinetic and interactive sculpture.

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Dear Henry Moore: Connections and Correspondence

3 February - 26 June 2011
Sculpture Study Galleries

This exhibition looks at Moore's associations with a younger generation of sculptors, for whom he was, as the critic Herbert Read described, 'in some sense a parent'.

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Henry Moore: Prints and Portfolios

3 February - 3 April 2011
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

This major exhibition of prints, etchings and drawings explores the stories behind Moore's graphic work in lavish detail and reveals his connections to literature.

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Angkor Wat: From Temple to Text

27 Nov 2010 - 20 Feb 2011
Gallery 4

Angkor Wat: From Temple to Text features paper 'casts' of extraordinary inscriptions carved into the stones of Cambodia's iconic temple.

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Out of My Mouth: The 'Photosculptures' of Alina Szapocznikow

3 June - 29 August 2010
Sculpture Study Galleries

This remarkable series of works depict pieces of gum which have been chewed by the artist to produce an assortment of abject sculptural forms.

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Hermann Obrist: Art Nouveau Sculptor

2 June - 28 August 2010
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Hermann Obrist (1862-1927) was famous throughout Europe in the early 1900s for his innovative art nouveau designs in two and three dimensions, including furniture and textiles, tombs and fountains and spiralling plaster forms.

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Alan Johnston: Drawing a Shadow: No Object

18 February - 1 May 2010
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Alan Johnston's drawings both reflect and subtly reconfigure the architectural spaces they inhabit, at times almost invisible.

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The Developing Process: The sculptor's education in drawings and photography

9 October - 2 May 2009
Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery

The Developing Process explores the ways in which sculptors were taught to think three-dimensionally from the late nineteenth century through to the 1960s.

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Subject / Sitter / Maker: Portraits from an eighteenth-century artistic circle

14 August - 14 November 2009
Gallery 4

Offering a unique opportunity to compare likenesses in two and three dimensions, this study exhibition focuses on five works which depict two of eighteenth-century London's leading lights.

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Art in Public Places

29 May - 29 August 2009
Sculpture Study Galleries

Exhibition exploring the archive of the Public Art Development Trust, recently acquired by the Institute.

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The New Monumentality

29 May - 29 August 2009
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Gerard Byrne, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Dorit Margreiter explore the attraction of modern post-war buildings for three artists born in the heyday of monumental architecture, as typified by London's Barbican Centre.

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Concrete and Poetry: Drawings for an art museum by Lina Bo Bardi

3 April - 4 July 2009
Gallery 4

The first UK exhibition to explore the vision of the architect Lina Bo Bardi focuses on her drawings for the iconic Museum of Art in São Paolo (MASP), designed and built between 1957 and 1968.

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Box, Body, Burial: The sculptural imagination of Keith Arnatt

8 February - 26 April 2009
Sculpture Study Galleries

Through his preoccupations with the box, body and burial in the early part of his career, Arnatt challenged sculptural convention long before he was seen as a photographer.

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David Nash: Line of Cut

4 September - 24 November 1996
Galleries 1, 2 and 3

Line of Cut focuses attention on David Nash's interest in geometry and abstract form.

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