Henry Moore


9.4. - 9.10.2016

Plaster sculptures are often viewed as merely a preliminary step in creating a work in bronze. Henry Moore himself initially destroyed many of his plaster sculptures. However, he later began to keep them, valuing them as the true "originals", and even created some pieces in plaster alone. Due to the fragile nature of the material, this part of Moore’s oeuvre has rarely been exhibited outside Great Britain. Now, with the support of the Henry Moore Foundation, these works are being shown in Germany for the very first time.






The Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal is dedicating a comprehensive retrospective exhibition to Tony Cragg (b. 1949), the most significant British contemporary sculptor. The exhibition encompasses all three floors of the Museum and presents a survey of Cragg’s entire oeuvre, from his student days right up to new works created in 2015. The artist is exhibiting sculptures, drawings, and prints, including works that have never been on display before.
Thematic displays follow the course of the sculptor’s multifaceted artistic development, in which the variety of materials used (including plastic, glass, works on paper, bronze, plaster, and stainless steel) plays a significant part. The series of works that examine the relationship between natural and synthetic forms and structures – including his Stack Sculptures, Vessels and Cells, Early Forms, Rational Beings and his earlier wall installations in plastic – form the other main focal point of the show.
The artist, who served as chancellor of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf until 2013, has received many honours, whether it be the Turner Prize, the Praemium Imperiale, or being named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He has had exhibitions at the Louvre in Paris, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Tate Gallery London, but he has been living and working in Wuppertal since the 1970s.
Parallel to the exhibition, large outdoor sculptures are on view at the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, which Cragg opened in his adopted city, Wuppertal, in 2008. Visits to the Von der Heydt-Museum and to the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden can be combined for a wonderful day out, providing fascinating insights into the artist’s world.
A catalogue will be published
by Verlag Buchhandlung Walther König with texts
by G. Celant, D. Davettas,
L. Cooke, U. Wilmes, C. Lampert, P. Schjeldahl,
T. McEvilley, G. Finckh,
J. Wood, 472 pp., ca. 558 plates, hardcover,
museum edition 38 €.

Tony Cragg

Parts of the World


19.4. - 14.8.2016

Made possible by:
Photo credits:
Tony Cragg
Versus, Bronze, 2012
Runner I, #02, Plastic, 1985
Caught Dreaming, Bronze, 2006
Castor & Pollux, Wood, 2015
Caldera, Bronze, 2008
Photos: Michael Richter
all © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Henry Moore, Angles, 1979,
© Henry Moore Foundation


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By founding the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Tony Cragg created an exhibition centre for contemporary sculpture. Within the extensive premises of the park, significant works of sculpture are presented, from both the varied permanent collection as well as the temporary exhibitions programme. The Skulpturenpark, which was first opened in 2008, is one of the largest artist-initiated museums in the world.
Visitors to the Cragg exhibition at the Museum will receive a discount of 4 € on the price of admission to the Skulpturenpark upon presenting their ticket at the desk, and vice versa.This offer is only valid for individual visitors who visit both museums on the same day, and is not valid in combination with other discounts.
Von der Heydt-Museum
DI-SO 11-18 Uhr
DO 11-20 Uhr
MO geschlossen
Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle
DI-SO 11-18 Uhr
MO geschlossen
Degas & Rodin

DI+MI 11-18 Uhr
DO+FR 11-20 Uhr
SA+SO 10-18 Wehr
MO geschlossen