Henry Moores “Upright Internal/External Form”

April 6, 2017

When I’ve been in London in recent years, I’ve often visited the Tate Modern. The last time was just to sit in the café and enjoy the view over chips and a beer. The other times it has always been a tour of the exhibition. So far, I have found Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds and Henry Moore’s Upright Internal/External Form to be the most impressive.

I stood in front of this sculpture for a while, looking at it half-consciously, without really knowing why. The fact that art can trigger something like that in me, literally captivate me, was foreign to me before, and I don’t notice or trigger anything similar with this photo either.

Henry Moores sculpture at the Tate Modern.

Since my visit at the time, I had no idea who it was by and became aware of another sculpture by Moore that was in the Hamburg Kunsthalle through an Instagram post that has since been deleted.

The visit to the Kunsthalle was then obligatory and initially only had the aim of seeing this sculpture. I was pleasantly surprised to realise that the Kunsthalle has much more to offer, and so the next visit is equally obligatory. After that, curiosity drove me on and made me order the book by Herbert Read. I don’t know why and where this will lead, but it remains interesting!

Henry Moore by Herbert Read
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I can recommend a visit to the Tate to anyone who hasn’t thought of it before, and if you don’t want to go to London, the Kunsthalle in Hamburg is just as good. Of course, there are a few differences.

On Thursdays, the Kunsthalle not only has longer opening hours and therefore a quieter atmosphere, but also a cheaper entrance fee.

Also interesting:
Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds on Wikipedia

Henry Moores Upright Internal/External Form on the Tate Modern Website
Henry Moores Upright Inner/Outer Form at the Kunsthalle Hamburg

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Hi, I'm Olli, I moved to Hamburg in 2008 and have been working in the media industry there ever since. Before that, I spent many years spinning records in the Northern German club scene and writing for a few, often music-related, magazines. Now, after a break of several years, I'm blogging again and writing from the heart, which I think is a bit awesome.

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