Story: Art galleries and collections

Henry Moore exhibition, National Art Gallery, 1957

Henry Moore exhibition, National Art Gallery, 1957

A collection of work by British sculptor Henry Moore toured New Zealand in 1956–57. It was one of the most significant international touring shows of its era and introduced many New Zealanders to modern art. In three weeks more than 36,000 people went to the exhibition in Auckland alone. People attending the exhibition had mixed views – delight, indignation and confusion were some of the varied reactions Moore’s sculptures provoked. These two women are closely examining one of the smaller sculptures at the National Art Gallery in Wellington in 1957.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1957/0524-F

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Roger Blackley, 'Art galleries and collections - Galleries and collections, 1900 to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Roger Blackley, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 8 Aug 2016