Anthony Gormley, Passage, 2016. 202 x 72.2 x 1198 cm.
This exhibition brings together works of different materials and scales by Anthony Gormley that explore the body in space and the body as space.
There will be 12 works on show in the new gallery on the ground floor, where natural light will play into 12 distinct vaulted spaces defined by six stone columns and no internal walls. Two further works will be placed inside the Gallery and another one on the terrace.
At the core of the exhibit, there is a dialogue between two sculptures, Passage and Room, realized 35 years apart and both dealing with the space of the body. Passage (2016) is a 12 metre-long Cor-Ten steel tunnel in human shape allowing viewers to enter inside of it, while Room (1980), which is a set of the artist’s clothes cut into a continuous 8 millimetre-wide ribbon creating an enclosure of 6 square metres, keeps them out. The show is predicated on these two works and the contrast between stasis and movement, imaginative and actual space.
There are a number of specially made new works in the exhibition, including Veer II (2018), a three-dimensional life-size cast iron evocation of a tense nervous system at the centre of the body, and Breathe (2018), a large lead-covered expansion work that applies the cosmic principles of the Big Bang to the singularity of a subjective body.
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