With work from his 45-year career alongside major new installations, this exhibition is British sculptor Antony Gormley’s most ambitious exhibition in more than ten years.
From the British coastline to the rooftops of Manhattan, Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world. He is 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.
For this exhibition, Gormley will follow in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, becoming next artist to take over the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the space’s architecture.
Interpreting the exhibition as a ‘test site’, Gormley aims to engage the senses, employing scale, darkness and light and using elemental, organic and industrial materials to make visitors aware of their own bodies. Rarely seen early works from the 1970s and 1980s will also be presented, including his iconic ‘body case’ sculptures which reveal Gormley’s links to Land Art, Performance and Minimalism.