Antony Gormley

ESSERE, LE GALLERIE DEGLI UFFIZI, FLORENCE, ITALY, 2019

26 February - 26 May 2019

'Can an object be the catalyst for new thoughts and behaviours?'

This exhibition - which is to be held in the Aula Magliabechiana in Uffizi - brings together works of different materials and scales that explore the body in space and the body as space. There are 12 works in the expansive new ground floor gallery, where natural light will play into 12 discrete vaulted spaces defined by six stone columns and no internal walls. Two further works are placed in the context of the historic collection and another is installed on the terrace of the Uffizi.

At the core of the show there is a dialogue between two sculptures, PASSAGE and ROOM, made 35 years apart. Both deal with the space of the body. PASSAGE (2016), a 12 metre-long Corten steel tunnel in human form - allows viewers to enter, while ROOM (1980), a set of the artist's clothes cut into a continuous 8 millimetre-wide ribbon expanded into an enclosure 6 metres square, keeps them out. The show is predicated on these two works and the dialogue between stasis and movement: imaginative and actual space.

The artist states: "I use the indexical impression of my own living body rather than mimesis to make work that both displaces and encloses, to engage and activate attention."

There are a number of specially made new works in the exhibition, including VEER II (2018), a three-dimensional life-size cast iron evocation of a tense nervous system at the core of the body, and BREATHE (2018), a large lead-covered expansion work that applies the cosmic principles of the Big Bang to the singularity of a subjective body.

Interaction with the city's precious cultural heritage, and with the Uffizi in particular, is the prerogative of to two examples of the bodyform ANOTHER TIME: one is placed amongst the classical sculptures on the piano nobile and the other is installed outdoors on the terrace of the Uffizi, looking out over Piazza della Signoria. A third instance of interaction with the Uffizi's historic collection takes the shape of a room devoted to dialogue with the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, a Roman copy from the imperial age of a 2nd century BC Hellenistic original resting on a plinth, and the floor-hugging blockwork, SETTLEMENT (2005).

Departing from ideas about an exhibition as a space for aesthetic contemplation or the enjoyment of narrative or representation, Essere invites our active participation as connectors between defined objects and open space in which mass and void, dark and light, hard and soft engage the viewer's presence in space.

PRESENT, 2018

PRESENT, 2018
Cast iron
162 x 46.5 x 65.5 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ESSERE, 2019

ESSERE, 2019
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

BREATHE, 2018 and LOSS, 2006

BREATHE, 2018 AND LOSS, 2006
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

INSIDER II, 1997 and REST, 2012

INSIDER II, 1997 AND REST, 2012
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

PASSAGE, 2016

PASSAGE, 2016
6 mm weathering steel
202 x 72.2 x 1198 cm
Collection of Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

INSIDER II, 1997 and PASSAGE, 2016

INSIDER II, 1997 AND PASSAGE, 2016
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

PASSAGE, 2016 [detail]

PASSAGE, 2016 [DETAIL]
6 mm weathering steel
202 x 72.2 x 1198 cm
Collection of Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ROOM, 1980

ROOM, 1980
Socks, shoes, pants, trousers, shirt, pullover, vest, jacket and wood
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ROOM, 1980 [detail]

ROOM, 1980 [DETAIL]
Socks, shoes, pants, trousers, shirt, pullover, vest, jacket and wood
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ROOM, 1980 [detail]

ROOM, 1980 [DETAIL]
Socks, shoes, pants, trousers, shirt, pullover, vest, jacket and wood
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

FEELING MATERIAL XXXVI, 2008

FEELING MATERIAL XXXVI, 2008
5 mm square section mild steel bar
238 x 196 x 178 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

SENSE, 1991

SENSE, 1991
Concrete
74.5 x 62.5 x 60 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

SENSE, 1991 [detail]

SENSE, 1991 [DETAIL]
Concrete
74.5 x 62.5 x 60 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

CONCENTRATE II, 1996 and VEER II, 2018

CONCENTRATE II, 1996 AND VEER II, 2018
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

LOSS, 2006

LOSS, 2006
Variable stainless steel blocks
173 x 53 x 46 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ESSERE, 2019

ESSERE, 2019
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ESSERE, 2019

ESSERE, 2019
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

PILE, 2017

PILE, 2017
Clay
37.4 x 73.5 x 69.7 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ESSERE, 2019

ESSERE, 2019
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

INSIDER II, 1997

INSIDER II, 1997
Cast iron
193 x 191 x 27 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ESSERE, 2019

ESSERE, 2019
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

EVENT HORIZON, 2012

EVENT HORIZON, 2012
Fibreglass
197 x 58 x 31 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

EVENT HORIZON, 2012

EVENT HORIZON, 2012
Fibreglass
197 x 58 x 31 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

SETTLEMENT IV, 2018

SETTLEMENT IV, 2018
Variable stainless steel blocks
22.9 x 61 x 205.2 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

SETTLEMENT IV, 2018

SETTLEMENT IV, 2018
Variable stainless steel blocks
22.9 x 61 x 205.2 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ANOTHER TIME VI, 2007

ANOTHER TIME VI, 2007
Cast iron
191 x 59 x 36 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

ANOTHER TIME VI, 2007

ANOTHER TIME VI, 2007
Cast iron
191 x 59 x 36 cm
Installation view, Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Courtesy Galleria Continua
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

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