Antony Gormley in Florence

Antony Gormley: HUMAN Forte di Belvedere, Florence, Italy. Courtesy Galleria Continua and White Cube © the Artist

This summer, Florence and the fortress of Forte di Belvedere host the work of Antony Gormley, one of the most acclaimed sculptors working today. Antony Gormley was the artist to conceive the first IHME Project, Clay and the Collective Body in 2009.

The exhibition Human brings together over 100 works by Gormley and occupies every side of the 16th century fortress with its extraordinary views over the city and the surrounding hills.

The exhibition includes the artist’s seminal installation Critical Mass, an “anti-monument evoking all the victims of the 20th century”. Gormley states:
“On the lower terrace, twelve body forms are installed in a linear progression, from foetal to stargazing positions, recalling the ‘ascent of man’. Opposite is a jumbled pile of the same bodies. Here, abandoned manufactured iron objects, each ten times the specific gravity of a living human body, reflect the shadow side of any idea of human progress, confronting the viewer with an image redolent of the conflict of the past century. This dialectic between aspirational and abject is the tension that runs throughout the exhibition.”

The more naturalistic figures of Critical Mass, derived from moulds taken directly from the artist’s body, are in dialogue with recent works collectively known as ‘Blockworks’, which reveal human anatomy through architectural volumes. Each sculpture is positioned to resonate with the scale and mass of the Forte.

Antony Gormley’s exhibition Human is open until September 27, 2015. The entry is free.

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