Acclaimed artist and author, Edmund de Waal, has curated an exhibition of Henry Moore artworks which encourages visitors to touch a selection of sculptures.
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 through touch, and often returned to the hand as a subject in his sculpture and drawings. This new exhibition will focus on the role of touch and will also include a series of original benches in Hornton stone, created by de Waal.
This Living Hand will also look at Moore’s interest in the hand as a subject, from the monumental bronze Reclining Figure: Hand 1979 to the numerous two dimensional studies he made of his own and other subjects’ hands – including the drawings and lithographs made in 1978 of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dorothy Hodgkin, who asked Moore to use her hands as her portrait.