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Jennifer Powell, Senior Curator at Kettle’s Yard has been planning the next exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, NEW RHYTHMS Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement 1911-15 almost since she first joined Kettle’s Yard a year and a half ago. The starting point for the exhibition is the two very different sculptures of dancers by Gaudier in the collection at Kettle’s Yard. To make the exhibition a success Jenny wanted to show these alongside other works exploring dance and movement by Gaudier and his contemporaries.
Over the past few months we have been delighted to hear that many of our loan requests have been successful.
Although Kettle’s Yard has the largest collection of works by Gaudier there are some key pieces that really make this exhibition. Dynamic drawings of dancers from the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Gaudier’s only other surviving sculpture of dance – ‘The Firebird’ from Harewood House in Leeds. This last loan was the impetus for Kettle’s Yard to work with Harewood House, which will now take a touring version of the exhibition after it finishes here.
Equally important are the loans of works by other artists:
– two Epstein sculptures are coming from Tate Britain and Harewood House, see here.
– Three casts of Rodin’s sculptures including one of Nijinsky from Robert Bowman Sculpture and our very own Fitzwilliam Museum here in Cambridge.
– Alexander Archipenko’s sculpture ‘The Dance’ travels from Saarbrucken in Germany.
– A number of watercolours and drawings exploring the same themes by David Bomberg, Helen Saunders, Percy Wyndham Lewis and William Roberts are being lent by the British Museum, the V&A, Manchester City Galleries and private collections.
It is only by bringing these works together and seeing them alongside one another that visitors can really begin to understand the synergy between these artists and the cultural backdrop in which they were working. Documentary material including film footage exploring the dance scene in that period is also on show.
We hope that many visitors will come and enjoy this unique opportunity to see these important loans alongside each other.
We are immensely grateful to all the lenders as well as to the Henry Moore Foundation for supporting the exhibition.