Saturday 30 May, 11am
As part of our online programming, join us for a virtual tour of Inuit Sculpture, an exhibition of significant Inuit sculpture from the mid to late twentieth century from a single owner collection. Beautiful objects in their own right they also speak of a culture leaving a lasting record.
Early 20th Century British Sculpture was profoundly inspired by the objects and sculptures from distant lands that were collectively known as “Primitive Art” and amongst which was lumped discoveries from the Northern most regions of Canada. Roaming the British Museum’s collection of Oceanic, Native American, African and Mesopotamian objects, a young Henry Moore would discover and record the shapes and figures transforming them into some of his most powerful early sculptures and going to create his own lasting iconography. It was the truth to material which struck him the most, the “stoniness” of the carved forms perhaps reminiscent of the 11th Century carvings he knew as a boy from the churches of Yorkshire.
These are not the works themselves that inspired that generation of artists, but they are their ancestors. They also now inform us of a culture and civilisation that is now far better understood. Their forms still chime a chord to that early English stonework with their sense of portent and purpose. The truth to materials is there in the way that each work is carved according to what the material will allow.