The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre:
Re-opening in Summer 2016
The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre
© 2007 Art Gallery of Ontario
Beginning on March 22, 2016, we're transforming a currently unused space into a new, 1,200-square-foot gallery space next to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. This expanded gallery space will allow us to deepen visitor experience and will include an area that will present additional artwork by, and in dialogue with, Henry Moore's exquisite sculptures. The space will also highlight conservation as a key facet of the AGO's work.
In order to protect the sculptures in the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, we need to move them so that they are safe from the construction zone and construction work vibrations. This means that during the construction period both the Irina Moore Gallery East and the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre will be closed to the public. But, we expect the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre to re-open in summer 2016, with Irina Moore Gallery East re-opening in September with the first exhibition in the new space. The Outsiders exhibition in the Irina Moore Gallery West and the African and Oceanic galleries remain open, and are not affected by this work.
While the Centre is closed, we invite you to learn about the Henry Moore collection by reading about its history below, watching one of our Henry Moore conservation videos, or visiting Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms, which will still be on view at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets. Additionally, over the coming months, we will be providing updates on about the progress of the renovation through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Watch for news as the project develops at www.artmatters.ca.
More about the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre
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 to the Centre may 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.
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 Sculpture Centre
Atom Piece (Working Model for "Nuclear Energy"), 1964-1965
Draped Reclining Figure, 1952-1953
Draped Reclining Woman, 1957-1958
Draped Seated Woman, 1957-1958
Reclining Figure, 1951
Reclining Figure, 1956
Reclining Figure on Pedestal, 1959-1960
Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 1, 1961-1962
Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 2: Bridge Prop, 1963
Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 2, 1960
Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9, 1968
H. 238.8 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1974
Two Piece Sculpture No. 7: Pipe, 1966
Upright Motive No. 8, 1955-1956
Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln Cross, 1955-1956
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
Working Model for "Oval with Points", 1968-1969
Working Model for "Reclining Figure: Lincoln Center", 1963-1965
Working Model for Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points, 1969-1970
Working Model for "UNESCO Reclining Figure", 1957
Girl Torso, 1966
Standing Woman: Bonnet, 1975
Maquette for Two Forms, 1966
Stringed Head, 1938
Reclining Figure: Goujon, 1956
H. 24.1 cm
Gift of Henry Moore, 1972
Maquette for Helmet Head No. 6, 1975
Snake Head, 1961
Snake Head, 1961
Maquette for Three Way Piece No.1, 1964
Maquette for Reclining Figure: Angles, 1975
Seated Woman in Chair, 1956
Small Maquette No. 1 for "Reclining Figure", 1950
Reclining Figure: Bone, 1974
Small Seated Figure, around 1936
Half Figure, 1952
Maquette for Double Oval, 1966
Reclining Figure No. 6, 1954
Half Figure Relief, around 1959-1960
Maquette for Square Form with Cut, 1969
Fragment Figure, 1957
Two Piece Reclining Figure: Maquette No. 5, 1962
Seated Figure, 1949
Maquette for Head II, around 1972
Maquette for Head, 1937
Plaster Cast of Bone Fragment, around 1959-1960
Reclining Figure, 1938
Top Half of Form at left in Time-Life Screen: Maquette No. 4, 1952
Maquette for Head: Lines, 1955
Upright Motive: Maquette No. 5, 1955
Seated Figure: Armless, 1955
Seated Woman with Crossed Feet, 1957
Small Relief, around 1955
Top Half of Form at right in Time-Life Screen: Working Model, 1952
Two Piece Reclining Figure: Maquette No. 8, 1966
Corner Sculpture, around 1952
Head: Cross Hatch, 1961
Family Group, 1947