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Henry Moore revisits Spain

Monumental works begin five-stop tour in the Canary Islands

Moore's Reclining Figure, 1982, installaed in the Plaza de la Candelaria in Santa Cruz. Photo: Pedro Peris

Seven monumental sculptures by Henry Moore have begun a five-city tour of Spain, starting in the Canary Island’s capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife last week. The bronze sculptures from the British artist’s late period include reclining figures, a mother and child and abstract works. Currently on show in the two main squares of Santa Cruz (until 1 December), they are due to travel to the waterfront of the islands’ co-capital Las Palmas (12 December-26 January 2014) before heading to Seville, Valencia and Bilbao on the mainland until next summer.

Henry Moore only visited Spain once, in 1934, but the country and its art had a lasting impact. He visited the Altamira caves, which he described as the “Royal Academy of Cave Painting”, Madrid, Toledo and Pamplona on the trip with his wife and two friends. In 1939, he created his first lithograph, Spanish Prisoner, to help raise money for the Republican prisoners of war held in French detention camps.

The sculptures now touring Spain date from 1960 to 1992 and have been selected by Anita Feldman, the head of collections and exhibitions of the Henry Moore Foundation. The project is a collaboration between the British foundation and the Spanish foundation, Obra Social la Caixa.

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