"The mystery of what is under the shroud is somewhat akin to the mystery in poetry. It is this element of the unknown that fascinates me in caves and the holes in the sides of hills – you don’t know what is there until you look and explore into them. Mystery plays a large and enlivening part in our lives; not knowing but wanting to know, wondering and guessing, questioning and exploring
." Henry Moore 1974
A founding patron of YSP, Moore was committed to showing his work in the open air and in the rolling hills of the former Deer Park in particular.
The exhibition not only explores the artist’s radical notion of placing sculpture in the landscape – large scale sculptures greet the visitor on arrival at the Park and are displayed against the beautiful and historic vistas of the Bothy Garden – but the importance of earth in Moore’s creative thinking. Arch Rock
, Ice Berg
, Rocky Landscape
and numerous other drawings, some rarely seen in public, along with a range of sculptures exploring scale and the interplay between internal and external spaces, emphasise the artist’s constant investigation of land, from the black coal seams of his hometown and the rich geology of Britain, to the mystical ancient forms of Stonehenge.
The exhibition also presents an opportunity to explore the man behind the practice with a carefully selected display of personal artifacts, notes, sketches and photographs, curated in collaboration with the artist’s daughter, Mary Moore.
An exhibition catalogue considering Moore’s relationship with poetry and landscape, with new poems by Simon Armitage CBE and in-situ photography, is available to pre-order
. A range of merchandise, featuring Moore’s drawings Two Sheep
(1972) and Four Reclining Figures: Caves
(1974), is also available to buy.
Watch the exhibition film