Thu, April 29, 2021
17:30 (5:30 pm CET) – 18:30
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy
A talk by Sebastiano Barassi, Head of Collections & Exhibitions, Henry Moore Foundation, and co-curator of the exhibition, followed by a discussion with Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager for the Acton Collection at Villa la Pietra, NYU Florence.
Henry Moore (1898-1986) is one of the most celebrated artists of the modern era. This lecture provides an introduction to the exhibition of his drawings and sculpture (Henry Moore: The Sculptor’s Drawing) co-curated by Sebastiano Barassi with the Director of the Museo Novecento, Sergio Risaliti. Barassi discusses Moore’s lifelong interest in drawing, not only as a preparatory tool for his sculptural practice but also as a medium with great creative potential in its own right. Starting with examples from his earlier career, the lecture focuses, like the exhibition, on Moore’s late drawings, which were dominated by unprecedented creative flair and inventiveness and often acquired an almost therapeutic value for the ageing artist.
Followed by a discussion with Francesca Baldry and questions from the audience.
- Article in The Florentine
HEAD OF COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITIONS AT THE HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION (PERRY GREEN, HERTFORDSHIRE) AND CO-CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION
Sebastiano Barassi is the Head of Collections & Exhibitions at the Henry Moore Foundation. Before joining the Foundation he was the Curator of Collections at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge (2001-12) and worked at the Courtauld Institute Gallery in London (1999-2001). He regularly curates exhibitions and contributes to publications about Henry Moore and 20th century sculpture.
COLLECTION MANAGER FOR THE ACTON COLLECTION AT VILLA LA PIETRA, NYU FLORENCE
Before joining NYU Florence, Francesca Baldry has taught for many Study Abroad programs, worked in English museums (Dulwich Picture Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum in London) and collaborated extensively with the Italian State Soprintendenza, for exhibitions and catalogue entries. Her scholarly research and publications covers 19th and 20th c. Anglo-American collecting, art and conservation; Renaissance art media; Tapestries; History of photography; Preventive conservation in museums and House museum’ management. Currently Francesca’s focus is the use of the Acton Collection as a didactic open laboratory for NYU undergraduate students; she is also coordinating the digitization and cataloguing of The Acton Photograph Archive and for ICOM is organizing a 3 session workshop on House Museums and the Effects of the Pandemic.