Henry Moore returns to Florence
The Museo Novecento presents a major retrospective devoted to the great sculptor
After almost 50 years Henry Moore returns to Florence: it was 1972 when the sculptor was the protagonist of the memorable exhibition at Forte di Belvedere. From 18 January to 18 July 2021 the Museo Novecento presents The Sculptor's Drawing. Henry Moore, an exhibition curated by Sergio Risaliti, Artistic Director of the Museo Novecento, and Sebastiano Barassi, Head of Henry Moore Collections and Exhibitions. Organised in collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, the exhibition presents a large selection of drawings, around seventy, together with graphics and sculptures. According to Moore: "The observation of nature is decisive in the life of the artist. Thanks to it, the sculptor also enriches his knowledge of form, finds nourishment for his inspiration and maintains the freshness of his vision, avoiding crystallisation in the repetition of formulas".
With Henry Moore. The Sculptor's Drawing sheds light on the graphic production of this protagonist of contemporary sculpture, who in the course of his intense activity has also had the opportunity to confront the tradition of great Italian art of previous centuries, in particular that of the masters active in Florence and Tuscany, the great creators of humanism in art. In fact, the city represented a salient and perhaps crucial moment in the formation of Moore's artistic genius, having come to the city for the first time in 1925, during his first study trip to Italy, thanks to a scholarship provided by the Royal College of Art. That was the occasion to admire and observe the creations of the great masters of the past, including Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio and Michelangelo.
The exhibition thus reinforces Moore's bond with the territory, which still hosts monumental works by the artist and which, in addition to the important 1972 exhibition, hosted an exhibition in the Sala d'Arme of Palazzo Vecchio in 1987.
As a collateral event to the exhibition Henry Moore. The sculptor's drawing, the Museo Novecento is hosting the exhibition Henry Moore in Tuscany from 18 January to 30 May 2021 in the rooms on the second floor adjacent to the Alberto Della Ragione collection.
The aim of the project is to underline the link between the sculptor and the Tuscan territory, presenting a series of works from private collections which, together with documents and photographs, bear witness to the intense artistic and emotional relationship that bound the sculptor to the city of Florence and Tuscany. The works on display - all purchased in the years leading up to the Florentine anthological exhibition - bear witness to the cultural enterprise and taste of contemporary art lovers who were able to see beauty and poetry, even in disruptive new forms such as those of Moore in those years. Enlightened collectors, thanks to whom the great operation of Forte Belvedere was created, and shortly afterwards the one carried out in Prato, which, with the speed and sense of risk typical of the wool city, was able to win one of Moore's monumental sculptures presented on the bastions of the Forte.