This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore

Now opening in stage 3 of the England roadmap (May 2021)

Our Collections team and de Waal’s studio carefully considered how best to deliver our planned 2020 exhibition, This Living Hand: Edmund de Waal presents Henry Moore, in the new climate following the pandemic. After careful deliberation, we all agreed that the best approach was to postpone the entire project until 2021.

We are pleased to confirm that This Living Hand will now open at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in stage 3 of the government's roadmap for England. The earliest date for this is currently 17 May. We will keep this page updated as more details are confirmed.

This Living Hand, curated by acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal, 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 in a ticket to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Located at the artist’s former home in Hertfordshire, the gardens showcase Moore’s monumental sculptures in the landscape where he worked for over four decades. 

Venue details


Venue address

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

Opening times

31 March to 31 October
Open: Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am to 5pm
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays