In the summer of 2005, The Henry Moore Foundation is launching the largest and most important Henry Moore retrospective ever to be seen outside of Europe. To be featured in three locations across Brazil, ’Henry Moore, Uma Retrospective’ will contain over 240 of the artist’s works including drawings, graphics and sculpture.

Touring to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, over a 9-month period, the exhibitions will span 63 (1922 - 1985) years of Moore’s prolific and long career. In a country famed for its rich heritage of museums and galleries the outstanding venues will host 117 sculptures of which 56 will be on pedestals and 61 in fifteen show cases. The works on paper will consist of 72 drawings in 68 frames and 55 etchings and lithographs.

David Mitchinson and Anita Feldman Bennet, curators at The Henry Moore Foundation, have specifically selected works that illustrate Moore’s reputation as one of the world’s most important sculptors. David Mitchinson comments,

‘The sheer scale of these exhibitions is enormous. This is the first showing of Moore’s work in Brazil since the artist’s participation in the 2nd São Paulo Bienal of 1953 and to return in this size is nothing short of epic.’

This has been reflected in the shows’ catalogues. The curators at The Henry Moore Foundation have supervised the choice of material to be featured, which will be produced in different versions for each of the three venues. These will include new essays by Brazilian scholars.

The exhibitions have been organised by the British Council in London and São Paulo in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green and the three receiving venues.

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