Leeds Art Gallery Sends Signature Henry Moore Sculpture to the Rijksmuseum

Ever since a national dispute about public art and artists’ intentions erupted over a town council’s plan to sell a public sculpture by Henry Moore, the U.K.’s many Moore pieces on public display have become the subject of a smidgen more scrutiny, which may partly explain this brief BBC News item about the removal of his sculpture “Reclining Woman: Elbow,” which has greeted visitors to the Leeds Art Gallery (LAG) since 1982.

The sculpture, whose installation outside the Moore Sculpture Gallery extension of the LAG the artist supervised, was removed by crane and is being transported to Amsterdam, will it will be on view alongside other pieces by Moore when the Rijksmuseum reopens on April 13 following a 10-year renovation.

“It’s going to be a little strange walking past the art gallery and not seeing the Henry Moore sculpture there as it has been a permanent fixture for the last 30 years, but it is long overdue a holiday after all that time,” Adam Ogilvie, the Leeds City Council executive member for leisure, told BBC News.

The Rijksmuseum show featuring “Reclining Woman” will be up through September, when the sculpture will return to the U.K. and, after a cleaning and waxing at the nearby Henry Moore Foundation, return to its station at the LAG’s front door.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo via Wikipedia.)