Henry Moore Large Reclining Figure


Visitors to Houghton Hall this summer will be treated to two fabulous exhibitions. For the first time, Henry Moore’s works will be on show, along with the FESTIVAL exhibition by Norfolk by Design. Both are taking place between 1 May and 29 September 2019. 

Houghton Hall in Norfolk is presenting a major exhibition HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION. This is the first significant show of the artist’s work in East Anglia, presented in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation and curated by Sebastiano Barassi, Head of Collections & Exhibitions.

This extraordinary exhibition will include several monumental outdoor pieces in the grounds of Houghton Hall. Visitors can also enjoy a selection of smaller works, models and etchings, which will be shown in the ground floor gallery spaces. In the State Rooms, there will be sculptural interventions with many of Moore’s most celebrated works on display such as Large Reclining Figure 1984, The Arch 1963-69, Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae 1968-69 and Upright Motive No.8 1955-56.


Houghton Hall
Henry Moore (1898 – 1986) is considered to be one of the most important British artists of the 20th Century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the modern era. Moore was a pioneer, and the first British artist to become a global star in his own lifetime. His work came to symbolise post-war modernism and is said to have caused a British sculptural renaissance. Moore’s sculpture can be seen in innumerable museum collections around the world. He worked in many different mediums, but his most recognisable works are large bronze groups using both figurative and abstract elements. He also produced fibreglass versions of some of his most iconic pieces, specifically for exhibition, and two of these will be on show at Houghton.
Henry Moore The Arch
The collection of contemporary sculpture and works of art you can see today in the grounds and parklands, was started at Houghton in 1998 by Lord Cholmondeley, and substantial pieces by artists such as James Turrell, Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread, Phillip King, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio and Jeppe Hein. In addition, Houghton began a series of major contemporary exhibitions with light works by James Turrell in 2015, followed by Richard Long in 2017, and Damien Hirst in 2018.
Water Flame Houghton Hall
The Henry Moore exhibition can be seen from 1 May to 29 September 2019 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays between 1 May and 19 July. From 20 July 2019 onwards, the opening days will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Running alongside the Henry Moore exhibition is Norfolk By Design in the Stables at Houghton Hall, 1 May to 29 September 2019.
FESTIVAL will be Norfolk by Design’s third pop-up exhibition of art and objects by artists and makers from Norfolk and East Anglia. The exhibition will celebrate and respond to the work of 20th century icon Henry Moore. Along with his contemporaries, Moore was a key contributor to 1951’s Festival of Britain, embodying the sense of optimism of a country that looked forward to the second half of the century, following the devastation experienced during WWII.
Norfolk by Design at Houghton Hall

Like many of the artists and makers whose works have been displayed over previous pop-up exhibitions, Moore was inspired by the coastal features and landscape of North Norfolk during visits to his sister, who was the Headmistress at Wighton School, Wells-Next-to-the-Sea.
Visitors will be able to see the works of artists and makers who are among some of the most experienced of their generation living in this part of the country.