Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa

2 April – 12 July 2015

Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa brings together sculptures by American artist Carol Bove (b.1971) spanning 2003 to 2014 with exhibition furniture, sculptures and architectural prototypes by Venetian architect and exhibition designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-78). 

Focused on themes of display and experimentation, this exhibition explores the artist's and architect's distinct vocabularies, treatment of materials and approaches to providing environments for artworks.

Of different generations, training and disciplines, Bove and Scarpa are bound by concerns for the object and its environment, the nature of encountering sculpture and the ways by which objects are given meaning. Experimenting with forms, Scarpa developed a highly personal, formal display vocabulary, while Bove uses a reduced language of museological display, employing plinths and armatures to cradle natural materials and flotsam.

Scarpa's exhibition furniture - two vitrines and an easel from Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona and a vitrine from Gipsoteca Canoviana in Possagno - are shown in this exhibition emptied and divorced from their intended gallery surroundings. Each is paired with a sculpture by Bove, in which she forces seemingly worthless objects into becoming sculptures, questioning the boundary between detritus and artwork.

Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa is curated by the Henry Moore Institute and produced in collaboration with Museion, Bolzano and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle. The presentation at the Henry Moore Institute is supported by the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. A fully illustrated catalogue is available in our bookshop, with essays by Philippe Duboÿ, Andrea Phillips and Pavel Pyś.

Venue details

31 October 2014 - 1 March 2015

Venue address

1 Piazza Piero Siena
T: + 39 0471 223413
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Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10 am - 10 pm

2 April - 12 July 2015

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5.30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.

18 October 2015 - 10 January 2016

Venue address

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Museumlaan 14
T: +32 (0)9-330 17 30
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Opening times

Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm

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