Sculpture in the Home
1 Oct 2008 – 4 Jan 2009
Exhibition in the Upper Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery
Re-staging a post-war initiative that endeavoured to make sculpture part of everyday life.
The real and imagined role of modern sculpture in the post-war middle-class British home is examined in this exhibition. Sculpture in the Home is a re-staging of a series of exhibitions of the same name that took place in the forties and fifties.
Five exhibitions, supported by the Arts Council and the Council of Industrial Design, took place between 1945 and 1959, displaying contemporary sculptures in gallery installations suggestive of modern domestic interiors.
This re-staging includes sculpture by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, John Skeaping, Reg Butler, Frank Dobson, Gertrude Hermes, Rosemary Young, Trevor Tennant, Uli Nimptsch and Dora Gordine, brought to life by Lucienne Day and Audrey Levy textiles, and furniture by Robin Day, Ernest Race and Gordon Russell.