Leeds Art Gallery reveals its refurbished sculpture galleries

November 30, 2012

Leeds Art Gallery now has a new exhibition for visitors  to enjoy in its recently 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.

Following a substantial Arts Council Renaissance National Programme grant to refurbish the sculpture gallery space, this display celebrates and showcases the excellence of the Leeds Museums and Galleries sculpture collection. 

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. 

Works on display include sculptures by Antonio Canova, Auguste Rodin, Alfred Gilbert, John Skeaping, Barry Hart and Elisabeth Frink..

 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/hmi/collections/collections-displays1/current-displays/polychromies-surface-light-and-colour