SCULPTURES by Henry Moore will go on display in Leeds in one of the biggest exhibition of his works the city has ever seen. And the show at Leeds City Art Gallery from March 4 to June 12 next year will be completely FREE.
The council's executive member for leisure Coun Adam Ogilvie said: "This is the first time ever these works by Henry Moore will be displayed together in the city for the public to see for free and the art gallery is the ideal host venue.
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"This has been years in the planning and is a huge undertaking to organise so we are absolutely delighted that all that hard work has paid off and the result will be this amazing exhibition."
Widely regarded as one of the world's greatest sculptors, the Castleford-born genius studied at the Leeds School of Art, now Leeds College of Art.
Later, when he had become a household-name, Moore returned to Leeds in 1982 where he laid the first foundation stone for the gallery's extension.
The Modernist master died aged 88 in 1986 having been knighted and with his sculptures in cities and private collections across the globe.
The show has been organised by Tate Britain in London and covers both the pre-war and post-war era concentrating on British loans.
It will feature his sculptures in bronze, stone and wood as well as sketches including Moore's 'shelter drawings' from the Blitz on London and wartime drawings of coalmining in Yorkshire.
Head of Displays at Tate Britain Chris Stephens said: "We are delighted that the Henry Moore exhibition, following its success in London, will be presented at Leeds Art Gallery in spring 2011.
"It is very appropriate for Moore to return to the city where he began his career."
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Director of The Henry Moore Foundation Richard Calvocoressi added: "The Leeds exhibition, launched so successfully at Tate Britain, will give audiences in Yorkshire and beyond a chance to see an exceptional selection of Moore's earlier work.
"Next door to the Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute will have a simultaneous display of the artist's deluxe prints and portfolios during the show's opening weeks, giving extra insight into Moore's work in the city where he studied."
The show is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, Renaissance Yorkshire, Leeds Art Collections Fund, Arts Council England with sponsorship from Abstract Group of Companies and Stewarts Law LLP.
It will be followed by a Damien Hirst exhibition from July to September as part of the national ARTIST ROOMS programme.
This features collections of modern and contemporary art held by The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland going on display at venues around the country.
Go to www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery.