Henry Moore, sculptor of robust and elegant forms, is a titanic figure himself—his visionary work in marble and bronze established him as a defining artist of the 20th century. This season, Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong presents an exhibition of Moore’s rarely-seen tapestries, based on a series of his watercolor drawings. As the gallery notes, “Moore was one of the few modern artists to extend his work into the realm of tapestry.” It is thanks to the artist’s daughter, Mary Moore, that the project came to be, when, in 1976, she introduced Moore to the West Dean Tapestry Studio, one of the only professional tapestry studios in the UK, sited at the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. This short film presents an intimate history of the creation of these breathtakingly lyrical works.
Henry Moore: Tapestries is on view Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong through November 27, 2021, and a 360-degree view of the exhibition is also available online.
On Tuesday, October 26, the gallery will also present a Zoom talk, “Weaving the Image,” featuring Mary Moore and Hong Kong-based textile enthusiast Edith Cheung in conversation about the creation of the Henry Moore tapestries. Register here.