We are excited to announce This Living Hand - our 2020 exhibition at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens which will be curated by acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal.
Henry Moore holding the plaster Maquette for Reclining Figure: Hand 1976
Photo: Henry Moore Archive
This Living Hand, will open on Friday 3 April 2020 and will explore the role of touch and the iconography of the hand in Henry Moore’s art.
Moore believed that ‘tactile experience is very important as an aesthetic dimension in sculpture’. Throughout his career he repeatedly emphasised the importance of experiencing sculpture haptically, and often returned to the hand as a subject in his sculpture and drawings, studying its expressive power and symbolic values as Auguste Rodin and Michelangelo, two of his favourite artists, had done before him.
In the exhibition Edmund de Waal will present a selection of original sculptures and other objects which visitors will be invited to touch, as well as a group of drawings and sculptural works charting Moore’s interest in the hand as a subject, from Reclining Figure: Hand 1979 to the numerous two and three-dimensional studies of his own and other subjects’ hands – including the drawings and lithographs he made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, who wanted her hands to be used as her portrait.
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House
T: +44 (0)1279 843 333
Closed for the winter.
Opening times 2020
3 April to 1 November, 11am - 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays