This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore

3 April – 25 October 2020

Our 2020 exhibition at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will be This Living Hand. Curated by acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal, the exhibition 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.

The exhibition 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.

Entry to This Living Hand is included in Studios & Gardens admission. It is not necessary to book in advance, tickets are not timed and can be purchased on arrival.

If you would prefer to buy your tickets in advance, book online via our Art Tickets page.


Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Dane Tree House
Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)1279 843 333

Opening times

Closed for the winter.

Opening times 2020
3 April to 1 November, 11am - 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays