Antony Gormley Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts presents a solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley (b. 1950), the most significant in the UK for over a decade. The exhibition brings together both existing and especially conceived new works for the occasion, from drawings and sculptures to experiential environments, that take on the RA's Main Galleries across all 13 rooms.
Antony Gormley, Clearing VII, 2019. Approximately 8 km of 12.7 mm square section 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable. Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley’, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 21st September to 3rd December 2019 © the Artist. Photo: David Parry

Gormley sees the exhibition as a ‘test site’; engaging the senses, employing scale, darkness and light, and using elemental, organic and industrial materials. The works interact with the BeauxArts galleries, creating a series of distinct encounters that come together as a collective experience. It is a summation of Gormley’s enduring concern with the inner dark space of the body itself and the body’s relation to its surroundings: the body as space and the body in space. Gormley said, “there is no subject until the viewer arrives and begins to engage.”

The exhibition draws the visitor into a series of whole-room installations, some reconfigured especially for the RA’s galleries, and invites them to actively engage with their bodies as they navigate the space.

Antony Gormley, Cave, 2019. Approximately 27 tonnes of weathering steel, 14.11 x 11.37 x 7.34 m. Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley’, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 21st September to 3rd December 2019 © the Artist. Photo: David Parry

To mark the exhibition the Royal Academy has worked with the artist on a collection of specially selected and exclusively developed products where the hand, eye and personality of Gormley is evident and celebrated. Over a year in the making, the highly bespoke collection, developed in detail with the artist through conversation and collaboration, reflects the materials, ideas and ethos of his work. The collection is displayed in the RA’s destination store, Gallery X which has been transformed into a space for visitors to discover more about the background to the work.

Tickets to the exhibition are available daily at the RA or by visiting their website here.

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