Henry Moore

Henry Moore: Artist's public sculptures on display in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

20 sculptures fill the iconic space

It is a tribute to Henry Moore that his sculpture withstands not only the test of time but of Tate’s Turbine Hall, a space so vast and so grey that it ought to overwhelm anything but an Anish Kapoor convolvulus: but no, Moore’s geological voluptuousness withstands anything. Following the success of “The upright figure” in 2002, this is the second show of sculpture in the Turbine Hall, and the first dedicated to single artist. Twenty of his public commissions from the 1940s onwards are on display (until 25 August), in an exhibition which eschews the recent concentration of his pre-War, Unit One work. Perhaps most surprising is “Atom piece (working model for nuclear energy)” (above), which shows Moore unafraid of getting to grips with subjects far removed from more predictable works such as “Reclining figure”.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 138 July 2003