Well if the new Henry Moore that opened there a few weeks ago is anything to go by, it is!!  This exhibition rivals the Miro from a couple of seasons ago in terms of it’s breadth and quality and  must be one of the best shows about anywhere in the UK right now.

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I have always been fascinated by Moore’s work, ‘Back to a Land’ focuses on his large sculptures and looks to explain what he was interested in and how he arrived at the work he did.

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There are 3 galleries plus the extra room at the end (if you’ve been before you’ll know!) – you have to go in though gallery 1 and make the choice to then go in to 2 or 3. In my view they have got this bit of the show wrong. The key to unlocking Moore’s work is in gallery 2, find the drawings of pebbles and bones and the 2 mother and child sculptures separated by about 25 years and Moore’s thinking will neatly and tidily unfold for you and everything else will explain itself with a clarity. With this understanding everything else will be a delight – and it is a great show.

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There is very little of his work in the tunnels (a finished drawing and a preliminary drawing) that is a shame. What you must not miss are the drawings of Stonehenge from 1973-4, these are the most sensitive drawings of stone I have ever seen. The feeling for the stones, his feeling for stone and the feeling for people has given the stones a life that jumps off the walls, I have not seen anything like them they are breath taking, you almost know them as you know people you can name.

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In addition to the exhibition don’t forget that there are a number of pieces of Moore’s work in the permanent collection so there are more pieces to see than those in the current show.

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