Henry Moore Exhibition @ Tate Britain

イギリスを代表する彫刻家・アーティストである、ヘンリー・ムーアの展覧会が、今日からテート・ブリテンで始まった。1986年の彼の死後、ロンドンで最大規模となるこの回顧展では、大理石や木彫り、ブロンズ等の彫刻やドローイングなど、150以上に及ぶムーアの初期の作品を展示。彼の主なテーマである、「母と子」や「横たわる像」、座像や頭像の彫刻とともに、第二次世界大戦中に戦争画家として描いた、Blitzザ・ブリッツ:ドイツ軍による空襲)」の際に、ロンドン地下鉄や防空壕で寝泊まりする人々の絵も展示されている。

ムーアは、伝統的な彫刻観を否定し、美術館や博物館で見た非西欧の作品からインスピレーションを受けた。模型を作らず直接作品を彫るダイレクト・カーヴィングの先駆者であり、人間の体をモチーフとして、穴が開いていたり空洞を含んだりする、独特の有機的フォルムを作り上げた。その、モダニズムシュルレアリズムが融合した、ブロンズや大理石製の大規模な抽象彫刻は、パブリック・アートとして、ロンドンをはじめ、世界中で見ることが出来る。ムーアは、自身の作品が公の場に置かれるのを好んだが、昨日のBBCニュースによると、盗難や破壊行為により、最近では屋内での展示が増えているそうだ。

この「ヘンリー・ムーア」展は、なかなか見応えのある、充実した展覧会だ(写真はBBCサイトでも見れる)。屋外作品に比べると作品は小規模だけれども、土着的でシンプル、どっしりとした彫刻スタイルは変わらない。彼の作品はなんとなく温もりがあり、見ていると安らぐ。それに比べ、地下で避難した顔の見えないミイラのように描かれた人々の暗い絵からは、戦時中の人々の苦難がひしひし伝わってくる。

A new exhibition of the work of Henry Moore (1898–1986), one of Britain’s greatest sculptors and artists, just opens at Tate Britain today. The exhibition, the first major London retrospective of his work since his death in 1986, presents more than 150 stone sculptures, wood carvings, bronzes and drawings in his early career, including his main themes of the mother and child, reclining woman, seated figure and head, as well as his shelter drawings of Londoners sleeping in bomb shelters during the Blitz, as an Official War Artist. Although Moore liked his works to be in outdoor public spaces, recently more of his works are exhibited indoor due to vandalism and theft, according to the BBC news yesterday.

Moore rebelled against views of sculpture, instead finding inspiration from non-Western works he saw in museums. He pioneered carving directly from materials, evolving his signature abstract forms derived from the human body, with the influence of Modernism and Surrealism. His organic forms are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. He was best known for his large scale abstract monumental bronze and marble sculptures which are located around London as well as the world as public art.

The exhibition is impressive and well-done. Though Moore’s works are smaller than his outdoor works, his unique style, primitive yet modern and simple, is certainly seen. His works have some sort of warmth and strength, and I felt calm and relaxed by looking at them. On the other hand, his drawings of people without faces and looking like mummies during German air raids, are painful to look at and vividly shows us the hardship that people went through during the World War II.


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