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Henry Moore Sculpture Centre

Henry Moore Sculpture Centre

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre
© 2007 Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario is known internationally for its extraordinary and extensive collection of Henry Moore works. The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre at the AGO originally opened in 1974, to house Moore's original gift to the AGO, now totalling more than 900 sculptures and works on paper.

Visitors can now view Moore's plaster and bronze maquettes, and the stones and bones that inspired him. They can listen to Moore explaining why he became a sculptor and how bronzes are made from plaster, and hear exactly how Toronto's Mayor Givens lost an election over Moore's sculpture, The Archer. Also available is rare archival footage directing the installation of the centre in 1974, and of the arrival, crane and all, of Moore's eight-ton Large Two Forms, now a city landmark at our northeast corner. Organized into different self-contained stations, the centre engages the visitor in a variety of interactive activities.

Henry Moore has always been an important artist for the city of Toronto. In 1958, Finnish architect Viljo Revell won an international competition to design Toronto's City Hall. Revell admired the work of Moore and recommended that the city purchase one of his bronze sculptures for the new building. A controversy over cost erupted, and the sculpture, The Archer, became the most talked about work of art in the history of the city.

The Art Gallery of Ontario grateful to The Henry Moore Foundation for its generous support.

Al and Malka Green have generously agreed to support the important educational components of this remarkable facility.

The Art Gallery of Ontario gratefully acknowledges the generous support of CBC Television and CBC Radio for the donation of rare archival audio-visual material. The CBC's contribution represents a strong commitment to the arts community and greatly enriches the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.
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The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.  

List of works:

Henry Moore
British, 1898-1986

Henry Moore Sculpture Centre

Atom Piece (Working Model for "Nuclear Energy"), 1964-1965
original plaster
H. 120.7 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/72 (AGW168)

Draped Reclining Figure, 1952-1953
original plaster
100.4 x 160.4 x 68.6 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/96 (AGW88)

Draped Reclining Woman, 1957-1958
original plaster
L. 215.7 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/2 (AGW129)

Draped Seated Woman, 1957-1958
plaster cast
H. 188.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/80 (AGW127)

Reclining Figure, 1951
plaster cast
108.0 x 231.2 x 75.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/1 (AGW85a)

Reclining Figure, 1956
original plaster
L. 236.2 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1973
#73/77 (AGW119)

Reclining Figure on Pedestal, 1959-1960
original plaster
H. 129.7 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1973
#73/71 (AGW144)

Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 1, 1961-1962
original plaster
L. 254.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/95 (AGW158)

Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 2: Bridge Prop, 1963
original plaster
L. 238.2 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/7 (AGW162)

Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 2, 1960
original plaster
L. 249.6 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/94 (AGW146)


Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9, 1968
original plaster
H. 238.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/6 (AGW179)

Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe, 1966
original plaster
H. 94.1 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/8 (AGW171)

Upright Motive No. 8, 1955-1956
original plaster
H. 201.3 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/68 (AGW111)

Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln Cross, 1955-1956
original plaster
H. 334.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/78 (AGW106)

Woman, 1957-1958
original plaster
H. 149.9 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1973
#73/65 (AGW131)


Working Model for "Locking Piece", 1962
original plaster w/fibreglass base
H. 97.8 cm w/o base; 103.8 cm w/base
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/87 (AGW163)

Working Model for "Oval with Points", 1968-1969
original plaster
H. 110.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/88 (AGW182)

Working Model for "Reclining Figure: Lincoln Center", 1963-1965
original plaster
L. 364.7 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/90 (AGW164)

Working Model for Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points, 1969-1970
original plaster
L. 122.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/89 (AGW185)

Working Model for "UNESCO Reclining Figure", 1957
original plaster
L. 235.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1973
#73/79 (AGW123)

Bronze Maquettes

Horse, 1978
bronze, 1/7
H. 13.7 cm, L.21.3 cm w/base; H. 15.9 cm w/o base
Purchase from the artist, 1978
#78/21 (AGW199)

Girl Torso, 1966
bronze, 5/9
H. 21.5 cm
Purchase, 1978
#78/24 (AGW173)

Standing Woman: Bonnet, 1975
bronze, 3/9
H. 18.3 cm w/ base
Purchase from the artist, 1975
#75/22 (AGW194)

Maquette for Two Forms, 1966
bronze
H. 9.9 cm, L. 16.5 cm w/base
Purchase from the artist, 1978
#77/175 (AGW174)

Stringed Head, 1938
bronze
H. 8.0 cm w/o base; 11.8 cm w/base
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/38 (AGW79)


Reclining Figure: Goujon, 1956
bronze, 8/9
H. 24.1 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1972
#72/45 (AGW120)

Maquette for Helmet Head No. 6, 1975
bronze, 6/7
H. 11.1 cm
Purchase from the Artist, 1975
#76/40 (AGW198)

Snake Head, 1961
original plaster
H. 9.4 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/63 (AGW156)

Snake Head, 1961
bronze
H. 9.6 cm w/o base; 13.7 cm w/base
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/47 (AGW157)

Maquette for Three Way Piece No.1, 1964
bronze, 5/7
7.1 x 9.3 x 8.4 cm
Purchase from the artist, 1985
#85/265 (AGW170)

Maquette for Reclining Figure: Angles, 1975
bronze, 8/9
11.4 x 23.4 20.3 cm
Purchase from the artist, 1975
#76/42 (AGW195)

Seated Woman in Chair, 1956
bronze, 3/6
H. 26.0 cm
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Strudley, Stratford, Ontario, 1976
#76/166 (AGW125)

Small Maquette No. 1 for "Reclining Figure", 1950
bronze
L. 24.1 cm
Gift of Walter Carsen, 1985
#84/931 (AGW85)

Head, 1955
bronze, 4/7
H. 14.0 cm
Purchase from the Artist, 1975
#75/25 (AGW114)

Reclining Figure: Bone, 1974
bronze, 6/9
L. 27.3 cm w/o base; 32.4 cm w/base
Purchase from the artist, 1975
#75/24 (AGW191)

Small Seated Figure, around 1936
bronze
18.8 x 6.5 x 8.2 cm w/base; 13.5 x 5.5 x 6.5 cm w/o base
Gift of the Family of Johnny and Beatrice Wayne, 1990
#90/669

Half Figure, 1952
bronze
H. 17.2 cm
Gift of Walter Carsen, 1985
#84/932 (AGW87)

 

 

 

Plaster Maquettes

Maquette for Double Oval, 1966
original plaster
13.0 x 24.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/69 (AGW176)

Reclining Figure No. 6, 1954
original plaster covered with wax
9.6 x 22.9 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/62 (AGW96)

Half Figure Relief, around 1959-1960
original plaster
H. 17.2 cm w/base
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/76 (AGW140)

Maquette for Square Form with Cut, 1969
original plaster
H. 16.1 cm w/o base; 19.7 cm w/base
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/85 (AGW183)

Fragment Figure, 1957
original plaster; plaster base
L. 15.9 cm w/o base; L. w/base 29.7 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1973
#73/64 (AGW128)

Two Piece Reclining Figure: Maquette No. 5, 1962
original plaster
5.4 x 11.2 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1973
#73/61 (AGW149)

Seated Figure, 1949
original plaster
H. 24.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/51 (AGW82)

Maquette for Head II, around 1972
original plaster
5.7 x 6.2 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/74 (AGW190)

Maquette for Head, 1937
original plaster
H. 8.3 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/49 (AGW78)

Plaster Cast of Bone Fragment, around 1959-1960
plaster cast
6.0 x 13.0 x 3.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/78 (AGW141)

Maquette for Animal Head, 1956
original plaster
H. 11.4 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/58 (AGW115)

Reclining Figure, 1938
original plaster
6.3 x 12.5 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/60 (AGW80)

Top Half of Form at left in Time-Life Screen: Maquette No. 4, 1952
terracotta
H. 8.0 cm w/base
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/52 (AGW94)

Maquette for Head: Lines, 1955
original plaster
H. 7.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/55 (AGW117)

Draped Seated Figure: Headless, 1961
original plaster
H. 13.0 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/62 (AGW154)

Upright Motive: Maquette No. 5, 1955
original plasterH. 28.9 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/63 (AGW108)

Seated Figure: Armless, 1955
original plaster
H. 45.6 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#73/86 (AGW118)

Seated Woman with Crossed Feet, 1957
original plaster
H. 17.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/59 (AGW130)

Small Relief, around 1955
original plaster
15.6 x 11.4 x 3.2 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/79 (AGW103)

Top Half of Form at right in Time-Life Screen: Working Model, 1952
original plaster
14.0 x 16.5 x 66.8 cmGift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/53 (AGW95)

Two Piece Reclining Figure: Maquette No. 8, 1966
original plaster
12.7 x 24.1 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/80 (AGW172)

Corner Sculpture, around 1952
original plaster
16.0 x 14.0 x 6.4 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/75 (AGW89)

Head: Cross Hatch, 1961
original plaster
8.5 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/61 (AGW155)

Family Group, 1947
original plaster
40.6 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
#74/50 (AGW81)

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