Antony Gormley’s sculptures and drawings have been displayed all around the world. They’ve been shown at London Southbank (and people thought these sculptures were real people about to jump off tall buildings), in the streets of São Paulo, and most recently on Delos Island, in Greece. This was the most recent and spectacular display of Gormley’s sculptures, presented in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. If you thought you knew everything about Gormley, then you’re wrong.
“Every room is a surprise in relation to the room before, but together they make a collective experience.” Gormley said about the way he conceived the exhibition. A room of this venerable listed institution filled with water is for example, one of the most stunning surprises.
Although repetitive in content, the Royal Academy of Arts’ exhibition, presented in London until 3rd December 2019, spans Gormley’s 45-year career alongside major new site-specific installations created for the museum. The exhibition explores Gormley’s central themes including awareness of the space, humanity, bodies and physicality. Lost Horizon I, 24 life-size cast iron figures set at different orientations on the walls, floor and ceiling – challenges viewer’s perception of which way is up.
A dialogue between existing pieces and new investigations, the exhibition spans his wide-ranging practice and exploit the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. It is curated by Martin Caiger-Smith, with Sarah Lea, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.