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Henry Moore Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary with new exhibition

PUBLISHED: 15:05 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:06 18 May 2017

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The Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green is celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Henry Moore Foundation (Nigel Moore) Henry Moore Foundation (Nigel Moore)

When sculptor Henry Moore moved to the hamlet of Perry Green near Much Hadham in 1940, he was already a well-known artist. He went on to live in the village for the rest of his life and it was there that he created many of his iconic bronze pieces and set up the Henry Moore Foundation in 1977. He founded the charity to support and nurture a love of visual art, and particularly sculpture in future generations. 40 years on, the Henry Moore Foundation is one of the country’s leading art charities, supporting sculpture worldwide through its grants programme and exhibitions.

The Foundation’s home is still the country estate that Moore built up in Perry Green and today the artist’s sculpture gardens and studios are open to visitors each summer. This year, to mark their anniversary, the Foundation are celebrating in style with a new exhibition, Becoming Henry Moore which looks at the sculptor’s early career and his path from talented schoolboy to one of the country’s foremost modern artists. The exhibition, in the onsite gallery at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, explores Moore’s inspirations and influences from his earliest ventures in art until his first major public commissions. On show are some rarely seen pieces from Henry Moore’s school and college days and the early part of his career. These fascinating works are shown alongside sculptures, painting and drawings by many famous names who inspired the young artist or who worked alongside him – including Picasso, Rodin, Modigliani, Hepworth and Epstein. Becoming Henry Moore is a fitting addition to the Studios & Gardens offering a new insight into the artist’s early life and providing a contrast to his later works, many of which can be seen in the surrounding sculpture gardens.

Another added attraction for visitors in 2017 is a new visitor centre, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects. This charming new facility, replacing a quaint cottage on the other site of the village green, boasts a light and spacious café where you can enjoy home-baked treats, drinks and light meals overlooking the sculpture gardens. The café is open to the public as well as visitors and would be an ideal place to break for refreshments during country walks or cycle rides this summer.

Henry Moore Foundation Henry Moore Foundation

Visit Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Wednesdays to Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am – 5pm, until Sunday 22 October 2017

Perry Green, Much Hadham, SG10 6EE

01279 843333



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