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“Moore Rodin exhibition: great day out”

The Henry Moore Foundation
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sculptor Henry Moore's former home and studios. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is now an art gallery & sculpture park showing the artist's iconic work. Moore's former family home & sculpture studios are also open to visitors. Opening is seasonal. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will be open again from July 2016.
Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Moore Rodin exhibition is housed in the grounds of Henry Moore's Perry Green home where he worked in numerous studios, which are worth a visit in their own right. Moore's house and studios give great insight into his sculptures and Moore's interest in the role of natural form/nature/landscape in sculpture.
The house is full of eclectic odds and sods, including pieces of flint that he collected and used as a basis for his work; paintings he bought, including a Walter Sickert; and African sculptures. Also on display is the highly decorative china collection of his Russian wife, Irina, which seems in entirely different taste to his own.
In his Maquette studio, in addition to a large array of maquettes, is the head of a female elephant, once owned by the Huxley's and given to Moore as a gift as he so coveted it. Viewed from different angles, one can see its highly sculptural form and echoes of sculptures themselves. The grounds and surrounding hillside contain many of Moore's large sculptures.
In the garden, the exhibition itself presents numerous Rodin pieces on loan from Paris' Musée Rodin alongside Moore's own work. And there's an exhibition of pieces from both sculptures' personal collections.
Well worth the trip 20 minutes down the M11 from East London

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We visited on a cold wet day but still really enjoyed the experience. Great local guides who were both enthusiastic and knowledgeable, giving detailed guide to Moore's house. Comprehensive Audio guide for the grounds. Gardens well maintained and the perfect settling for sculptures dotted around. Plan to visit again next year when they will have a Rodin exhibition alongside Moore's work. Small outdoor seating area for cup of tea/coffee and a lovely pub in the village for lunch.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

An excellant day out even with some rain. Good mix of indoor and out door art of Henry Moore. Very interesting short guided tour of where he lived, a bit longer having a very nice coffee at the shop and even longer in the Hoop Inn having a beer or two with a very nice pie. Even with the self guide there is plenty of time between the outdoor art works to have a good conversation about them or just to chat with the rest of the party.

1  Thank Richard C
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Somewhere I'd always wanted to visit and it didnt disappoint. wonderful grounds/gardens dotted with the most amazing sculptures, that seemed so at home, even in the sheep field! Studios are fascinating and give a great insight into the artist and his work. We visited on a very hot day and the walking got a bit much at times especially as you're not allowed food or drink in the grounds, .
Stunning place though with friendly, helpful staff, well worth a visit. Husband thought it was a bit pricey, but I thought it was worth every penny!

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

This had been on my list for a long time and finally bit the bullet.
Set in 33 acres incorporating fields of sheep (Moore felt their proportions fitting the landscape and his sculptures)
More formal gardens.
Beautiful but modest house stuffed full of natural artefacts, simple furniture, his work and the occasional Renoir or Corot or Picasso......
Studios peppered around the site.
One delightful surprise was tapestries representing his non-sculptural work which conveyed exactly the medium he had made his drawings or sketches in, so a representation of his pastel work looked smudgy ... not describing it well, but it was mindblowing.
There is a village green with a well-priced gastro pub which served tea etc - also part of the foundation.
Best of all was the experience of walking through a natural outdoor sculpture gallery and catcing all the works from different lights angles and perspectives as you walked around
Henry Moore was a man who was in touch with nature and natural forms and objects - his work is plain and non=intellectual, just a celebration of shape and form and nature.
Take your children, go yourself.
Enjoy it.

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