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Art and science come together at The Royal Society and the Science Museum

  • Date: 24 April 2012
  • Area: London
Moore's 1938 sculpture 'Mother and Child'

Moore's 1938 sculpture 'Mother and Child'. Credit: Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

An exhibition that brings together science and the art of Henry Moore is on display at both The Royal Society and the Science Museum in London until June this year.

The exhibition, entitled Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Surfaces, explores the role mathematics played in shaping Henry Moore's work as well as how contemporary scientists and mathematicians use visual thinking to inspire discovery.

Henry Moore saw the mathematical string models at the Science Museum in the 1930s and was inspired. He said: 'I was fascinated by the mathematical models... the ability to look through the strings... and to see one form within another excited me.'

Moore subsequently produced a range of stringed figures which form part of a body of work spanning several decades until his death in 1986.

The exhibition, on display across both venues, aims to show the relation between science and broader culture, showing a selection of sculptures created between 1937 and 1938.

It features a number of his works that have rarely been shown publicly, as well as sketches which illustrate how Moore developed his ideas for sculptures, giving an insight into his creative process.

Barry Phipps, exhibition curator, said: 'Intersections is an exhibition about how individuals, from diverse disciplines, think through problems visually in order to discover new forms and results.

'Through these works of mathematics and art we find creativity common to both disciplines.'

The exhibition is free and open to the public, but visits to The Royal Society can be made by appointment only.

One of the two venues housing the Henry Moore exhibition, the Science Museum, is also currently showing Suzanne Treister's HEXEN 2.0 until 1 May 2012. Supported through the Arts Council's Grants for the arts programme, this exhibition explores the principles regulating communication in the digital age.

To find out more about Intersections: Henry Moore and Stringed Surfaces visit The Royal Society's or the Science Museum's website.

To learn more about how the Arts Council supports museums go to the museums pages of our website.