Antony Gormley

LEARNING TO BE, SCHAUWERK SINDELFINGEN, GERMANY, 2021 - 2022

13 June 2021 - 24 April 2022

This presentation is the most significant survey of the artist's work ever to take place in Germany, bringing together 30 works from the artist's studio as well as the Schaufler collection, including works on view to the public for the first time. 

Gormley continually tries to identify the space of art as a place of becoming in which new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise. The central subject of his work is the human being's relation to space and time. Using his own body as material, tool and subject, he makes evocations of a variety of states: exposure, isolation, emergence and growth, all evidenced in this exhibition. The continual questioning of where a body begins and ends is investigated in sculptures that evolve from void to mass, line to plane, rectilinear to organic form and structure.

After the project was postponed last year due to the pandemic, the artist is thrilled about its implementation as from 13 June 2021: "I'm delighted to be making this exhibition in the distinctive former industrial buildings of the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen with its spacious and open rooms, filled with natural light from above. Its subject is as much to do with our own bodies and their relationship to the sculptures as it is to do with the works themselves: the body as a container, as an energy field, as an aggregate of parts, as a provisional stack, as a mass, as a neural network."

CLOSE I, 1992

CLOSE I, 1992
Lead, fibreglass, plaster
and air
25 x 195.6 x 190 cm
Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021. Photography by Frank Kleinbach.

FIELD, 1984-85

FIELD, 1984-85
Lead, fibreglass, plaster
and air
195 x 560 x 66 cm
Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021. Photography by Frank Kleinbach.

ONE APPLE, 1982

ONE APPLE, 1982
Apples, lead and air
7 x 1110 x 7 cm
Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021. Photography by Frank Kleinbach

Installation View

INSTALLATION VIEW
‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021.
Photography by Frank Kleinbach.

FLAT TREE, 1978

FLAT TREE, 1978
Larch wood
678cm diameter
Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021. Photography by Frank Kleinbach

HOLD, 2016 and BARE IV, 2014

HOLD, 2016 AND BARE IV, 2014
Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021. Photography by Frank Kleinbach

ROOM, 1980

ROOM, 1980
Socks, shoes, pants,
trousers, shirt, pullover,
vest, jacket and wood
Installation view, ‘Antony Gormley: Learning to Be’, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany, 2021. Photography by Frank Kleinbach

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