Henry Moore: Tapestries
WHAT WE KNOW
A series of five large-scale and rarely-seen tapestries by Henry Moore is presented in Asia for the first time, courtesy of the Henry Moore Family Collection. Known mainly for his sculptures (many of which are seen in public spaces in Hong Kong), the artist was one of few sculptors and artists to explore tapestry. The presentation is made possible by Mary Moore, the artist’s daughter, who introduced her father to West Dean Tapestry Studio in 1976, and later helped to choose and oversee the interpretation of watercolour drawings being transformed into life-size tapestries. The works were created for the artist’s family and have not been exhibited publicly in over a decade. They were initially unveiled at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in 1980, followed by a tour of New Zealand, America and Canada.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Who knew Henry Moore also created tapestries? Indeed this is a rare chance to explore his other talent and to see rarely-before-seen works. You’ll notice that the theme of mother-and-child predominates, and this was in part due to the birth of Moore’s first grandchild, as well as his desire to explore interior and exterior forms, for which he is renowned. The exhibition is truly an exploration of not only the artist’s artistic practice and his experimentation of mediums, but also a glimpse into his private life as a family man.