Green light for secure art storage for Henry Moore masterpieces

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A REVAMPED storage facility for one of the world’s “most important single artist collections” has been given the go ahead.

The Henry Moore Foundation was granted planning permission to demolish existing buildings at its Perry Green HQ in order to replace them with one, larger facility.

Storing all of the artworks under one roof will enable better security and safety for the collection, according to the foundation.

The theft in 2005 of the bronze, known as the Reclining Figure, prompted a review of the facilities.

The foundation’s director Richard Calvocoressi told East Herts Council’s development control committee: “The plans are essential to preserve a collection of such importance.

“This is the largest and most significant single artist’s collection in Great Britain and possibly the world, alongside Picasso in Paris and Andy Warhol in Pittsburgh.”

Councillors sitting on the committee on Wednesday last week agreed and awarded planning permission.

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