Narrating Objects

Narrating Objects: unlocking the stories of sculpture
May 2014 to summer 2015

This sculpture collection display explores the relationships between sculpture and narrative; from the iconographies of portrait and figure sculpture, through sculptures which have words or text embedded, to constructions, assemblages and installations which suggest movement, process or a sequence of events. A number of recent acquisitions are presented for the first time alongside important works of art that form the core of our ever-expanding sculpture collection.  At the centre of the display is ‘Rebekkah’ (2011) by Simon Fujiwara, which was presented to Leeds Museums and Galleries by the Contemporary Art Society in 2013. Telling the story of a young British girl’s journey to China, ‘Rebekkah’ is surrounded by life-sized figurative sculpture dating from the early nineteenth century to the present day, including works by Antonio Canova and Antony Gormley.

The Henry Moore Institute oversees the administration and curatorial development of Leeds Museums and Galleries’ sculpture collection. This partnership has built one of the strongest collections of British sculpture in the country.

​Image: Simon Fujiwara, 'Rebekkah', 2012
Five terracotta dyed life-sized cast plaster female figures with accompanying video (duration 7 minutes 33 seconds)
Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Society and the artist. Photo: Joe Plommer