Out of the Block: Henry Moore Carvings

30 Mar 2018 – 28 Oct 2018

Event times

Wednesdays to Sundays & Bank Holidays, 11am - 5pm

Cost of entry

Included in general admission (Adult £12.60 / Conc £10 / Student & under 18 £6.30)

Henry Moore Foundation

Perry Green
England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bishops Stortford

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Carving sculpture out of a block of stone or wood was central to Henry Moore’s practice throughout his career. This exhibition explores how for nearly seven decades Moore continually returned to this method to make some of his most imaginative and inspired work.


As a young artist, Moore was attracted to the principles of ‘direct carving’ and ‘truth to material’ which had inspired the great pioneers of modern sculpture, who in turn had been influenced by the work of masters from ancient civilisations on view in ethnographic displays across Europe. In his early career Moore adopted these principles uncompromisingly, creating quite experimental and innovative work in materials ranging from indigenous stones to exotic woods, a choice which declared his distance from the use of white marble typical of a tradition he was keen to reject.

This exhibition is the first in a new series of thematic displays showcasing the riches of the collection of the Henry Moore Foundation. Alongside a selection of over 30 sculptures dating from the 1920s through to the 1980s, it includes an extensive display of film, photographs and archival material from the Henry Moore Archive.

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Sebastiano Barassi

Exhibiting artists

Henry Moore

Henry Moore


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