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Moore Rodin

15 February 2014 – 31 August 2014

Moore Rodin celebrated the 10th anniversary year of Compton Verney and ran from 15 February 2014 – 31 August 2014.

This ground-breaking international exhibition compared the work of two giants of modern sculpture: Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. This was the first exhibition to be devoted exclusively to these artists, with major works being displayed in our Capability Brown landscape as well as in our exhibition spaces.

Two large bronze sculptures in an outdoor park. The larger sculpture depicts a muscular male figure in a dynamic, twisting pose. The smaller sculpture in the foreground appears to be an abstract form with smooth, undulating shapes.
Auguste Rodin, Adam 1881, and Henry Moore, Three Piece Sculpture Vertebrae 1968-69.

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The exhibition included eleven large scale works which complemented, challenged and created new perspectives to the vistas Capability Brown formed in the 1760s. Amongst these amazing pieces was one of Rodin’s most famous works, Monument to the Burghers of Calais, usually on display outside the Houses of Parliament, and Moore’s magnificent monumental Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae and The Arch.

Also explored were the parallels between their treatment of the figure through a beautiful collection of drawings and models made for larger works and a special display curated by Moore’s daughter, Mary, which revealed both artists as keen collectors of antiquities and found objects which profoundly influenced their work. The final treat was a display of rarely seen archival documents and photographs taken by Henry Moore revealing that “…as time has gone on, my admiration for Rodin has grown and grown”.

Exhibition organised in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation and musée Rodin, Paris.