Henry Moore Large Reclining Figure 1983 fibreglass sited in front of Houghton Hall
photo: Pete Huggins
Curated by our Head of Collections & Exhibitions, Sebastiano Barassi, this summer exhibition will include several monumental outdoor pieces in the stunning grounds of Houghton Hall, as well as a selection of models and etchings in the ground floor gallery spaces, and sculptural interventions in the impressive state rooms.
Home to the Cholmondeley family since the end of the 18th century, Houghton Hall and its award winning gardens have been open to the public since 1976. The stately interior of the hall is a profusion of marble and mahogany, with beautiful painted ceilings and gilded interiors, designed by William Kent. Over the past 20 years, Lord Cholmondeley has built up a substantial collection of contemporary art and sculpture - including pieces by artists such as James Turrell, Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread, Philip King, Zang Wang, Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio and Jeppe Hein, which are on display in the grounds.
“The Foundation is delighted that Henry Moore’s work will be seen in the remarkable surroundings of Houghton Hall. Over recent years, Houghton has become increasingly recognised for the platform it gives to artists, and in particular to the work of sculptors. Henry Moore was frequently engaged by the relationship of his work with architecture, and always pleased to see his monumental forms in natural light and settings; this exhibition will enable both to be seen to magnificent effect.”
Henry Moore at Houghton: Nature and Inspiration will include examples of Moore’s most celebrated works such as Large Reclining Figure 1984, The Arch 1963-69, Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae 1968-69 and Upright Motive No.8 1955-56. Book tickets online for a 10% discount.