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“Sculpture in the open air; comparing Rodin amd Moore”

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 14, 2013

this is a fabulous place , especially on a sunny day. But even if it rains, you can spend time in two studios, an exhibiton space and a tapestry gallery as well as Moore;'s house. The house is a 'must see' and reveals Moore's interests in art. There are some Courbet paintings and even a Picasso in the kitchen and a Degas in the study. Bizarrely there are some Victorian pottery dogs ( make sure you ask one of the guides about the source of these....it involves an architect and neighbour). between march and Autumn , there is an exhibiton on Moore and rodin, so you have the chance to compare their works. This is a real eye opener. There is a small cafe in the ticket office and a pub ( The Hoops Inn) oppsite. At weekend lunch time it is best to beek. The food is good and so is the service.

2  Thank Jackie H
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a great family day out with a fantastic sculpture park. The current exhibit on Moore/Rodin is a once-in-a-lifetime show and quite unique parallel - well worth seeing!

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Highly recommend a visit for a stroll in the gardens and fields to see excellent sculpture. Paying to enter took some time, the admin surrounding gift aid has really made a small queue very slow but that's not their fault. Staff friendly in the shop and guides in the studios really good.

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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

1  Thank Mersault
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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.

1  Thank Tippyleaf
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