Exclusive preview of Leeds Henry Moore show

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THIS is an exclusive peek of some of the sculptures in a major exhibition of Henry Moore’s work due to open next week.

As reported earlier in the YEP, four galleries on the ground floor of Leeds City Art Gallery are closed to the public as the show is being put together.

The Castleford-born sculptor’s daughter Mary will be the guest of honour at an invitation only launch of the show next Thursday. It then opens to the public the following day and runs until June 12 featuring works leading up to and just after the Second World War.

The gallery’s exhibitions curator Sarah Brown is working alongside Tate Britain curator Chris Stephens installing the 100-or so pieces in the show, which also includes watercolours and sketches,

She said: “Chris is curating the show and I’m supporting him. His expertise is second to none.

“What this exhibition is about is showing the Moore that you don’t know.

“His major, outdoor sculptures are very well known.

“These are his earlier works, many from the from the 1920s and 30s, when he was exploring the British Museum and looking at sculptures from Africa, south America, and particularly Mexico.

“We’ve just installed the pieces in the main hall. The works are phenomenal in both importance and scale.

“This is the biggest exhibition this gallery will have seen in a generation.

“And what’s even better is that it is free to the public. The cost of a ticket for this show in London at Tate Britain was £12.

“People have been peering through the glass doors in the White Gallery. The sense of excitement has been palpable.”

Once the show is open there will be a series of talks and lectures to help bring alive the history behind the artworks.

Every Thursday from 1pm there will also be short, 15 minutes talks, for anyone to enjoy.

charles.heslett @ypn.co.uk

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