VCUQatar presents the exhibition Henry Moore: Prints and Sculptures from the Collection of the British Council, London. This exhibition runs from February 6 -March 8, 2008. A reception and open lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 7.30 pm. Gallery Talks and guided tours through the exhibition with Ann Elliot will take place on Wednesday 6 February at 7.30pm and Thursday 7 February at 11.00 am.
Between 1931 and 1984, the British sculptor Henry Moore produced 719 different graphic works, with the great majority of over 600 created after 1969. The pressures of old age, which made work on sculpture physically exhausting and an international demand for print-work by the artist, led Moore to this outburst of creativity in print making so late in life. The 26 works in this exhibition have been selected from the gift of over 200 prints that Moore presented to the British Council in 1984 to mark its 50th anniversary. The works shown comprise several series inspired by literary works and landscapes inspired by his home Hoglands in North London. In addition several sculpture maquettes are shown to illustrate Moore's work as a sculptor. Curated by the British Council in London, the exhibition has been previously shown in Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and France.
"Our cooperation with the British Council and their generosity in letting VCUQ Gallery show works from their collection marks an important step in the external relationships of VCUQatar. It is the first time to my knowledge that the works of the British sculptor Henry Moore are exhibited at a public gallery in the Gulf region and Arab world at large. It is hoped that this exhibition will be a forum for both students and the public to engage in a larger enquiry about art." noted Dr Jochen Sokoly VCUQatar Gallery Director and Assistant Professor in Art History.
The exhibition is scheduled from February 6 - March 8, 2008. The VCUQatar Gallery is open Sundays-Thursdays, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, or by prior appointment. A reception will be held at the gallery on February 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm.