Since last week the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the square in front of the town hall of Valencia, has been adorned with sculptures by British artist Henry Moore. Moore’s work, which comprises seven imposing bronze sculptures, will be on display for admiring onlookers until the first week of May as part of the traveling exhibition entitled “Arte en la Calle”, meaning “Art on the Street”, sponsored by La Caixa Foundation.
These pieces, displayed in an open-air exhibition right in the heart of Valencia, were created between 1960 and 1982 and reflect some of the key concepts and philosophy behind Moore’s artwork, such as his appreciation for reclining figures and the relationship between mother and child. The display was made possible thanks to the collaboration between to La Caixa Foundation, the town hall of Valencia and the Henry Moore Foundation.
English-born sculptor Henry Moore (1898 – 1986) is one of the most important icons of 20th-century contemporary sculpture. Working with marble or bronze in the majority of his sculptures, especially from the 50s onwards, his artwork conveys a female figure, often representing in an abstract way the relationship between a mother and child. Much of his work can be seen today in public spaces. Moore played an important part in influencing other acclaimed artists such as Anthony Caro.