1913: The Shape of Time

The year before the outbreak of the First World War marked a shift in how we conceptualise time, which sculpture was uniquely poised to explore.

Umberto Boccioni died in 1916 after being thrown from a horse. A year earlier Henri Gaudier-Brzeska had been killed fighting in the trenches. They were two of Modernism's most radical sculptures, and both feature in this exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute.

1913 saw widespread discussion of the concept of simultaneity, an idea first given expression in art by Paul Cézanne and taken further by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Boccioni himself responded to the speed and dynamism of modern life in his seminal 1913 Cubist sculptures.

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The Wrestlers, a posthumous cast of the 21-year-old Gaudier-Bzreska's relief, will be shown alongside forms by Cubist sculptors Alexander Archipenko and Otto Gutfreund. There are also two-dimensional works describing sculptural form, including Amedeo Modigliani's drawing Caryatid and Giorgio de Chirico's ominous painting The Tower.

Venue details

Henry Moore Institute 74 The Headrow, Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 3AH 0113 234 3158 www.henry-moore.org/hmi

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

Tue – Sun, 11am – 5.30pm
Wed, 11am – 8pm

Closed bank holidays

What the critics say


A study of a single year in early Modernism is more insightful than a century of drawing


This show focuses on artists’ attempts to capture the prismatic reality of the fast-moving industrial world

  • Jackie Wullschlager
  • FT