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Henry Moore: The Sixties – last chance to see exhibition at Perry Green, near Much Hadham, before season ends





Art aficionados have a month to visit Henry Moore Studios & Gardens near Much Hadham and take a look at his famous sculptures before they are wrapped for the winter.

Visitors can enjoy Moore's pieces against a striking backdrop of rich autumnal foliage amid beautiful countryside at Perry Green and explore the inner workings of the master's mind by visiting his six studios on the estate.

Henry Moore: The Sixties exhibition is in its final weeks. During the decade, Moore embraced new materials and techniques which enabled him to work on an increasingly monumental scale.

Henry Moore checks the plaster version of Double Oval 1966 in the Plastic Studio at Perry Green, 1967. (59663471)
Henry Moore checks the plaster version of Double Oval 1966 in the Plastic Studio at Perry Green, 1967. (59663471)

He incorporated a greater degree of abstraction in his work and satisfied an enormous global demand for his art, which sometimes generated controversy.

This exhibition features rarely seen sculptures, drawings, graphics and a wealth of archive material drawn entirely from the Henry Moore Foundation's collection to illuminate the innovation of an artist himself in his 60s but at the height of his powers.

The exhibition is the first held at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens to explore a single decade of Moore's career.

Large Torso: Arch 1962-63 with the polystyrene enlargement The Arch 1963/69 at Perry Green (59663468)
Large Torso: Arch 1962-63 with the polystyrene enlargement The Arch 1963/69 at Perry Green (59663468)

Of the 30 sculptures exhibited, highlights include the monumental plaster Large Spindle Piece 1968, never on show before.

More than 20 drawings and graphics reveal Moore's use of colour, new lithographic printing methods and materials such as felt pens. Archive footage of the construction of his innovative plastic studio and the installation of some of his monumental bronzes also features.

Other events before the end of the season include "All the World's a Stage: Henry Moore and the Performing Arts" on Thursday October 13, from 11am to 4pm.

Visitors can delve into the extensive collections of the Moore archive in this themed session, which complements Henry Moore: The Sixties.

Six Reclining Figures with Buff Background 1963 lithograph in two colours (59663481)
Six Reclining Figures with Buff Background 1963 lithograph in two colours (59663481)

"Spindle Piece: creation and re-creation" on Thursday October 27, at 2.30pm, is a chance to join sculpture conservator James Copper for the last gallery talk in the Henry Moore: The Sixties season.

James will focus on the plaster sculpture Spindle Piece and talk more broadly about the journey of a sculpture – from conception, through its making and its use, to its secondary life.

On Wednesday October 26, the Re/Construct Workshop: Weaving Sculpture includes a family-friendly class from 11.15am to 1.30pm followed by an age 16-plus session from 2.30pm to 4.45pm.

Multicoloured Reclining Figure 1967 lithograph in four colours (59663484)
Multicoloured Reclining Figure 1967 lithograph in four colours (59663484)

Mia Mai Symonds will break down the boundaries between textile weaving and sculpture making and offer a chance to try new techniques.

For details of booking requirements and prices, see henry-moore.org/studios-and-gardens/.

The open season ends on Sunday October 30.



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