This exhibition will include works that span the artist’s career in addition to pieces that will make their debut here. The first artwork to greet visitors will go on display in the Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy’s entrance, taking the shape of a life-size newborn baby, cast in iron.
Inside the gallery, the exhibition promises to be nothing if not dramatic. Lost Horizon I (2008), features 24 cast iron figures, which will be arranged in various positions on the walls, floor and ceiling in a disorienting display. In fact, much of this show seems bent on skewing our perceptions.
Matrix III (2019), which is described as ‘a cloud of intersecting rectangular dark steel mesh’ will be suspended above head height, occupying the largest gallery. The work will present viewers with a huge optical illusion of sorts, where depth is impossible to discern. Another room will be filled with seawater and clay to a depth of 23cm, Gormley’s take on the primordial ooze from which all life emerged.
This exhibition is set to be huge in every conceivable way. Gormley’s strength is to combine the conceptual with the visually arresting, the undersated with the monumental.
|What||Anthony Gormley, Royal Academy|
|Where||Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
21 Sep 19 – 03 Dec 19, Daily 10am–6pm. Friday 10am–10pm
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