Some time ago the French Association of National Museums invited the British sculptor Henry Moore to put on an exhibition of his works in Paris.
Some time ago the French Association of National Museums invited the British sculptor Henry Moore to put on an exhibition of his works in Paris. This proved to be such a large undertaking that The British Council was drawn into the project and eventually the results of their co-operation turned out to be the most comprehensive display of Moore's work even shown to the public.
Henry Moore has been described as Britain's greatest 20th century artist. He has left all his works to the British people, the bequest coming into effect when he dies. Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is the only other sculptor ever to have been invited to exhibit on such a scale in Paris.
SYNOPSIS:Henry Moore himself, now aged 78, supervised the placing of his sculptures in the 'Orangerie' and its gardens while the exhibition was being prepared. This piece -- called 'Vertebrae' is one of the larger sculptures. The task of transporting them caused some headaches for the British Council -- who had to assemble the massive sculptures from Moore's own collection and lenders throughout the United Kingdom and carry them safely to Paris.
This piece is called 'Hill Arches' and is one of eight large sculptures in the gardens. Inside the 'Orangerie' are another 96 small pieces and 108 drawings are on display in the Bibliotheque Nationale. The exhibition started on the 7th of May and continues until the end of August.