Iconic Henry Moore sculpture gets ready to go Dutch

Caption: The famous Henry Moore sculpture outside Leeds Art Gallery will be temporarily leaving the city

One of Leeds’ most iconic figures will be leaving the city for the first time in 30 years this week to in order to play a key role in one of the biggest events in the museum world.

Henry Moore’s famous bronze sculpture ‘Reclining Woman: Elbow’, which has been admired by millions of visitors on permanent display outside Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow, will be temporarily departing the city on Wednesday to head to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The work, owned by the Henry Moore Foundation based in Hertfordshire and at the Henry Moore Institute neighbouring Leeds Art Gallery, is leaving in order to go on show as part of the long-awaited reopening of the world-leading Rijksmuseum in April.

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All media are invited to cover the removal of the Henry Moore sculpture from outside Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow from 10:15am on Wednesday 16 January (tomorrow). The art gallery is located at Leeds, LS1 3AA.

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The museum which is home to works by a host of major artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer is reopening after a 10-year renovation and restoration programme, and Moore’s Reclining Woman: Elbow is one of 14 key works representing 30 years of the Castleford-born artist’s outdoor sculpture which will be on show in the surrounding gardens.

The display in Amsterdam will run from Friday 21 June to Monday 30 September, with the sculpture then being cleaned, repatinated and waxed by staff at the Henry Moore Foundation to revitalise it after 30 years exposed to the elements before it returns to Leeds.

The work was personally chosen by Moore himself to go on display on the external plinth at Leeds Art Gallery in 1982 as part of the sculpture gallery extension project.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“It’s going to be a little strange walking past the art gallery and not seeing the Henry Moore sculpture there as it has been a permanent fixture for the last 30 years, but it is long overdue a holiday after all that time.

“It is a sign of its significance that it has been requested to go on display at the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, so we hope everyone enjoys seeing it at the exhibition and we look forward to it returning to Leeds looking better than ever later in the year.”

Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute Lisa Le Feuvre said:

“Although we will miss the work in Leeds, it really underlines how important the sculpture is. In a way there is a part of Leeds which is being celebrated abroad at this very significant event.”

For more information on Leeds Art Gallery, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery or call 0113 247 8256.

For more information on the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, visit www.henry-moore.org//hmi or call 0113 246 7467.


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