Henry Moore Comes Home is an exhibition of prints by Henry Moore, one of the best-loved UK artists of the 20th century, opened at the British Council’s headquarters in London on 1 December 2015.
Henry Moore Comes Home was built on the two-year tour of another exhibition, Henry Moore – the Printmaker that previously visited Montenegro where it was on display at Montenegrin Art Gallery ‘Miodrag Dado Djuric’ in Cetinje from 17 June – 25 July 2013.
During the tour to Montenegro and six other countries, Henry Moore – the Printmaker was seen by a total of 80,000 people, and revealed personal stories of local artists, curators, visitors and museums that have been influenced by Henry Moore over the past seven decades. Henry Moore Comes Home explores the artist’s enduring international influence, as well as the main themes that can be found in Henry Moore’s graphics and sculpture.
‘Cultural event of the year’
Having been in decline since World War II and the formation of Yugoslavia, Cetinje has now reinvented itself into the cultural capital of the country by investing in creative industries. The 19th century historic buildings in the centre of Cetinje that once housed European diplomatic missions have been converted into arts and cultural institutions, such as galleries, museums, theatres and art schools.
Henry Moore – the Printmaker was the first major international exhibition at Cetinje’s brand new contemporary art gallery in 2013. Visited by one in four residents of the city, the exhibition was named ‘cultural event of the year’ by newspaper Vijesti Daily (18 June 2013) and artists of different generations.
The National Museum and the British Council have since been working on longer-term plans to improve community engagement and to attract new, younger audiences to the Museum.
It was the first show of such kind ever set up at the National Museum. It helped us improve our own standards and build up appetite for international collaboration.
"Because of its unique content, educational programme and printmaking workshops, this exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many."
- Ana Ivanovic, curator, National Museum of Montenegro