Portable Sculpture

Opening in Spring

Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2 and 3

This group exhibition explores sculptures dating from 1934 to the present day that are designed to fold up, pack down, or dismantle. 

Henry Moore Institute is delighted to present a group exhibition exploring sculptures made to fold up, pack down or to travel. 

Portable Sculpture brings together fifteen artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Barry Flanagan, Mohamad Hafez, Do Ho Suh and Veronica Ryan, with work from 1934 to the present day. Several works are being exhibited in the UK for the first time and the exhibition includes new sculptures by Claire Ashley and James Ackerley.

The long history of portable sculpture dates back to the small, carved stones made by nomadic tribes during the Ice Age. A combination of unstable geopolitics and sweeping economic change during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has made questions about home and identity, migration and travel, or stability and impermanence ever more pressing. The exhibition explores a variety of responses to circumstances in which permanence is difficult to achieve.

A series of research events and activities accompanies the exhibition.  Including speakers Dr Heather Diack (University of Miami), Dr Jo Melvin (University of the Arts, London / Barry Flanagan Estate) and artists Claire Ashley and Mohamad Hafez. 

Venue details


Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AH
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

In response to the government's current Covid-19 guidelines, the Henry Moore Institute is temporarily closed until further notice.