A fifty-four-million-dollar art gallery celebrating sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth will open in Yorkshire on May 1, according to the BBC. The Hepworth Wakefield will be the largest purpose-built art gallery to open in the UK since the launch of Tate St Ives in Cornwall in 1993. It will feature forty-four rarely-seen working models donated by Hepworth’s family. plus works by Henry Moore and Turner. Its ten galleries will also host visiting exhibitions by artists including Eva Rothschild.
Hepworth was born and grew up in the West Yorkshire city. She went to the Leeds School of Art with Moore. The pair, who remained lifelong friends, were pioneers of abstract sculpture in the UK. The artist became known for her pierced shapes, and her most famous works include Single Form, which is in the United Nations Plaza in New York, and Winged Figure, on the side of the John Lewis department store in London.
The gallery has been designed by architect David Chipperfield, and is expected to attract 150,000 visitors per year.
Hepworth’s granddaughter, Sophie Bowness, said: “We are very pleased to be making this gift through the Art Fund, to secure its future and ensure that it will be accessible to the public in perpetuity.”