The Event Sculpture

Institute exhibition
10th November 2014 - 8th March 2015
Events taking place on the Henry Moore Institute façade, moving into Galleries 1, 2 and 3 on 3 February

Lara Favaretto
1998 - 2014
Visual documentation of the performance

Courtesy the artist and Galleria Franco Noero

From Autumn the Henry Moore Institute turns inside out as the outside of our building becomes a site for sculpture. The Event Sculpture presents nine sculptures that are events, inviting artists that include Lara Favaretto (b. 1973, Italy), Urs Fischer (b. 1973, Switzerland), Ceal Floyer (b. 1968, Pakistan), Simone Forti (b. 1935, Italy), Simon Martin (b. 1965, UK), Anthony McCall (b. 1946, UK), Maria Nordman (b. 1943, Germany), Tino Sehgal (b. 1976, UK) and Roman Signer (b. 1938, Switzerland) to present a single work on the exterior of our building which then moves into our gallery spaces. Lasting from a few seconds to several hours, the works encompass actions, objects, performance, moving image and ephemeral public proposals.

The Event Sculpture builds upon the Institute's continuing enquiry into the relationship between sculpture and documentation in art history. Inherently temporary, the events harness movement, light and sound to challenge assumptions of sculpture as immovable, stable and fixed. Made from durable materials, such as stone, bronze and steel, traditionally sculpture is made to stand the test of time. The Event Sculpture takes a different approach, freeing sculpture from gravity, weight and stasis.

From Monday 10 November 2014 until 8 March 2015 an event sculpture will take place every other Monday outside the Institute building. On 3 February, the morning after the seventh event, the sculptures will begin to gather in our gallery spaces. A sculpture in the public realm is associated with permanence and memorial, indeed directly in front of our building stand two sculptures that embody this definition:  Henry Charles Fehr's Leeds War Memorial and one of Joseph Beuys' '7000 Oaks'. When presented in public space, the nine works in The Event Sculpture are concentrated, impermanent and transitory with each outdoor event highly public, spilling out into the life of the city and firmly placing the encounter within the momentary present. When presented in the gallery spaces, the nine works move to a private form of encounter, and rooted within a centre dedicated to the study of sculpture they become situated within the ever-expanding field of sculpture.

The Event Sculpture invites each artist to control the legacies of their event as it passes from being bound by time to being situated in space. In some instances, material fragments track the event, in others it is captured in photographs, video and language, while some works continue to unfurl over time as they move from exterior to interior. Temporal artworks demand to be witnessed, yet it is through documentation that they resound in art history from where research takes place. The Event Sculpture explores the assumptions at the heart of the activities of the Henry Moore Institute, a centre for the study of sculpture.

Events by Roman Signer and Urs Fischer have been supported by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

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