Polychromies: Surface, Light and Colour

21st November 2012 - 1st May 2014

In newly refurbished sculpture galleries Polychromies: Surface, Light and Colour looks at qualities of surface in bronze, marble and stone sculpture, highlighting embedded, applied and reflected colour in work that ranges from Antonio Canova to Rebecca Warren.

Following a substantial Arts Council Renaissance National Programme grant, this display celebrates and showcases the excellence of the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection. The display unfolds across all of the Sculpture Galleries over the next year.

Sculpture has often been considered in opposition to painting, as concerned with form and not with tone and colour. However, all sculpture is coloured in some way, whether it is inherent to the material or applied over the top and has surface effects, revealed by light, which are integral to the perception of the work.

The Henry Moore Institute curates the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ sculpture collection in partnership with
Leeds Art Gallery. For more information about the exhibition, visit http://www.henry-moore.org.

Image above: Courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries and the artist.

George Meyrick, 'Maquette for Testing the Systems', 1991 - 1993.

Please note that part of the Polychromies exhibition is displayed in the lower sculpture gallery of Leeds Art Gallery, and is currently not accessible to wheelchair users.