Antony Gormley is donating a work to the Middelheim Museum this year. ‘Firmament III (2009)’ at first appears to be a tangle of metal rods but in reality it is a configuration of blocks built up from multi-faceted planes. In celebration of this extraordinary acquisition, Het Huis, the new exhibition pavilion designed by Robbrecht and Daem, will feature a series of ‘polyhedron’ sculptures by Antony Gormley, which have never been exhibited together before. These sculptures consist of multifaceted planes that come together to represent tailored architectural constructions of the human body.
British artist Antony Gormley (b. 1950) has spent almost 40 years exploring the relationship between the body and the space around it. Sometimes the link is clear, with figurative sculptures in a grand landscape, and sometimes the art creates its own framework within which the viewer becomes the subject of attention.
Gormley uses his own body as a point of departure, frequently casting sculptures from it, although anonymously. It is not the aesthetic aspects but the human aspects of the form that interest the artist: the person as an individual, as a social creature and as an object in relation to space and the natural world.
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