Royal Academy of Arts: Antony Gormley


21 September — 3 December 2019

Royal Academy of Arts

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

Special Saturday late openings: open until 10pm every Saturday except 5 October and 23 November


Lost Horizon, Photograph:Royal Academy of Arts


From the British coastline to the rooftops of Manhattan, Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world. With work from his 45-year career alongside major new installations created for our galleries, the Royal Academy of Arts presents his most ambitious exhibition in more than ten years.


Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley will be the next artist to take over Royal Academy of Arts’ Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. The Gormley show will be a mix of his new and old work reconfigured for the RA spaces, said artistic director Tim Marlow.


The exhibition will explore Gormley’s wide-ranging use of organic, industrial and elemental materials over the years, including iron, steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay. We will also bring to light rarely-seen early works from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which led to Gormley using his own body as a tool to create work, as well as a selection of his pocket sketchbooks and drawings.


Lost Horizon (detail). Photograph:Stephen White


Throughout a series of experiential installations, some brand-new, some remade for the RA’s galleries, we will invite visitors to slow down and become aware of their own bodies. Highlights include Clearing VII, an immersive ‘drawing in space’ made from kilometres of coiled, flexible metal which visitors find their own path through, and Lost Horizon I, 24 life-size cast iron figures set at different orientations on the walls, floor and ceiling – challenging our perception of which way is up.

A key piece is called Host, which Gormley first made in 1991 when he flooded a room in the old city jail of Charleston, South Carolina, with mud and sea water from the city’s harbour. He did a similar thing in Kiel, Germany, in 1997 using 5,000 litres of mud from inland Saxony and 5,000 litres of water from Kiel harbour, and in Beijing in 2016, using red clay and sea water from the nearby Tianjin coast. Another big work will be a version of one called Clearing, which is up to 7 km of metal rod made into a giant drawing in space.


Perhaps best-known for his 200-tonne Angel of the North installation near Gateshead, and his project involving 24,000 members of the public for Trafalgar Square’s the Fourth Plinth, Antony Gormley is one of the UK’s most celebrated sculptors.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Caiger-Smith, with Sarah Lea, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Please note: if you are sensitive to enclosed spaces, one of the works may not be suitable for you to enter. Please ask a member of staff for the best route around. Some of the works contain water, sharp edges and materials that can transfer onto clothing.



Matrix II. Photograph:Charles Duprat


2019年9月21日 至 2019年12月3日

展覽將展現葛姆雷多年來對所采用的有機及工業材料的探索,包含鐵、鋼、手鍛鉛、海水和陶土。重要出展作品如Clearing VII,由上千米長的銅絲所制,營構“在空間中繪畫”的奇妙語境,使觀者自主選擇從裝置中通行的路線。另壹件作品Lost Horizon I, 24由多件真人大小鐵制人像組成,從地面、墻壁、屋頂向不同方向延伸,挑戰大眾對於空間和方向感的認知。


Human Figures Abound. Photograph:David Parry


作為英國現今最知名的雕塑家,安東尼·葛姆雷矗立在蘇格蘭的重達200噸的雕塑《北方天使》廣享譽名。曾在特拉法加廣場參與人數超24000人的作品《Fourth Plinth》也為他在國際上打響名聲。

本次展覽由皇家藝術研究院策展人Martin Caiger-Smith 及Sarah Lea策展。


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