Henry Moore: the lightness of the stones

The new exhibition runs until 28 September.
The new exhibition runs until 28 September. / Salvador Salas
  • The Museum Jorge Rando is exhibiting a series of engravings of Stonehenge by the British artist

  • The new exhibition at the museum highlights one of the lesser known skills of the artist, that of a draughtsman and an engraver

The Museum Jorge Rando in Malaga is exhibiting a collection of lithographs by the British artist and sculptor Henry Moore. The series of works are entitled 'Henry Moore. Entre lo terrenal y lo eterno' (Between the earthly and the eternal) and were completed between 1971 and 1973.

"The occasions when we have been able to enjoy Henry Moore's exhibitions in Spain are few and far between, but an exhibition of graphic work is something exceptional", explained Vanesa Díez, the museum director.

"For Moore, drawing was not simply the cornerstone of all his sculptural work, but represented a fundamental pillar in his artistic career, from the time he began his studies in York until his death in 1986," she added.

In this way, Díez has vindicated the importance of drawing in Moore's trajectory as "an independent way, a way to express his ideas in parallel with his sculptural work". Because, as the director of the Museum Jorge Rando explained, "His sculpture has had so much attention that it has relegated his drawings."

One of the engravings in the series.

One of the engravings in the series. / SUR

The series exhibited this summer in the Malaga museum also investigates Moore's formal works which Díez described: "From 1920 onwards Moore developed drawing in a very personal pictorial language in which, in order to represent three-dimensions on paper, he eliminated the use of shadow and light in order to do so through what he calls sectional lines."

The result is a set of engravings that concentrate on the textures of the rocks that make up Stonehenge, rather than the global images of the site built thousands of years ago, the purpose of which is still the subject of debate among specialists. A solar calendar, a burial site, an astronomical observatory? In any case, a place for pilgrimage and recollection. Similar to art.