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Ghisha Koenig: Machines Restrict their Movement

Ghisha Koenig: Machines Restrict their Movement
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25 May 2017 - 13 Aug 2017

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The Henry Moore Institute

74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH

Ghisha Koenig (1921–93) faithfully made her sculptural subject factory workers. She trained at Hornsey School of Art in 1939, a place she later described being ‘as remote from art as a lunatic asylum’. Following the Second World War she studied at Chelsea College of Art under Henry Moore (1898–1986).

This exhibition explores her thirty-year study of industrial labour in factories in southeast England, specifically around St. Mary Cray, one of the first housing estates built outside London. Koenig described how she was concerned by the trapped nature of the workers that she observed, noting how ‘the machines restrict their movement, but when they are free, say in tea breaks, they’ll still take up the same positions day after day’.

Displaying sketchbooks, sculptures and large scroll drawings, this exhibition shows Koenig's search for humanity within industry.

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The Henry Moore Institute is an international research centre located in the city of Leeds, where Henry Moore began his training as a sculptor. They host a year-round changing programme of historical, modern and contemporary exhibitions presenting sculpture from across the world. Galleries open Tuesday - Sunday 11am-5.30pm, Wednesday until 8pm. Closed on bank holidays.

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