Museum's East Court; and Great Stair Hall and Gallery 151, first floor
In celebration of the 100th birthday of Henry Spencer Moore (1898–1986), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in partnership with the Fairmount Park Art Association, presents Henry Moore: A Centennial Salute; An Exhibition in Celebration of Philip I. Berman, an exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by one of the most renowned and beloved sculptors of the 20th century. Many of the sculptures in the exhibition are from the collection of Muriel and Philip Berman. Mr. Berman, the late Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees, and his wife were enthusiastic admirers of Moore's work and enjoyed a warm friendship with the artist from 1976 until his death in 1986. As part of this exhibition, the Museum has installed three of Moore's monumental bronzes from the Berman Collection in its East Court, which stands at the head of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the grand boulevard that connects Philadelphia's City Hall with Fairmount Park. Accompanying this outdoor display is an exhibition within the Museum, which consists of some 15 smaller sculptures and five works on paper that illuminate Moore's distinguished career. The exhibition also includes Two Forms (1936) an important stone sculpture from the Museum's permanent collections, and two of Moore's celebrated drawings of people sheltering in the London subways during the Blitz.
The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Fairmount Park Art Association, with the generous support of The Henry Moore Foundation and a contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Perelman.
Michael Taylor • Assistant Curator of Twentieth-Century Art