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Antony Gormley, Firmament and Other Forms

Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (Belgium)

24.02 - 05.05.2013

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Exhibition February 24 - May 5, 2013. Middelheim Museum, Middelheimlaan 61 - 2020 Antwerp (Belgique). Tel. : +32 3 288 33 60. Opening hours depend on the season. Free admission.

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Antony Gormley, Firmament and Other Forms, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp

Middelheim Museum unveils a new addition to its permanent collection by Antony Gormley and displays a series of new sculptures to be exhibited publicly for the first time in Het Huis.

In keeping with Ballroom Marfa’s mission, New Growth will feature newly commissioned work including a large-scale sculpture and video—both produced during the artist’s stay in Marfa, as well as paintings, works in wood, and islands of sculptural installation.

Press release

Antony Gormley, Firmament lll (2009) © Joris Casaer

Antony Gormley, Firmament lll (2009) © Joris Casaer

In 2012, the Middelheim Museum received the donation of Firmament lll, a major work of art by Antony Gormley (b. 1950, United Kingdom) from the artist's gallery, the Brussels-based Xavier Hufkens. The work is displayed at a unique location in the oldest section of the open-air museum next to the main entrance. The work can now be seen on a permanent basis. Firmament III (2009) is an irregular three-dimensional net surrounding a human-shaped void approximately ten times life-size. This work will pick up the light of the changing seasons and be a constant invitation to the visitor to consider his or her place in the order of things.

To highlight this extraordinary acquisition, a series of Gormley's 'polyhedra' sculptures—never before exhibited as a collection—will be on display in the new exhibition pavilion Het Huis (The House), from 24 February until 5 May 2013. In the words of the artist: "This exhibition questions the human body's attachment to architecture and investigates the place of the human body within the wider frame of things and worlds. All the works are based on the 'bubble-matrix'; a random, but consistent geometry found in nature which also forms the structural syntax of
Firmament III."

For almost forty years Antony Gormley has been exploring the relationship between the body and the space that surrounds it. He always uses his own body as a test site. This can be taken literally: he frequently casts his sculptures from his own body. What interests the artist is not only the aesthetic, but also the human aspect of the form: the person as an individual, as a member of the collective and as an object in relation to space and the natural world.

Along with the opening of Firmament and Other Forms by Antony Gormley, the Middelheim Museum is launching a brand new collection of publications that will from now on be released on the occasion of temporary exhibitions in the open-air museum.