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Antony Gormley

21 September — 3 December 2019

This exhibition is now closed

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"A symphonic storm of a show."

Simon Schama, Financial Times

★★★★

"Spectacular."

Evening Standard

★★★★

“Duck, weave and high step through a massive three-dimensional metal scrawl."

The Times

From the British coastline to the rooftops of Manhattan, Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world. With work from his 45-year career alongside major new installations created for our galleries, we present his most ambitious exhibition in more than ten years.

Weekend tickets to Antony Gormley are almost sold out but Friends of the RA can visit any time, including during sold out slots.

Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley will be the next artist to take over our Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture.

The exhibition will explore Gormley’s wide-ranging use of organic, industrial and elemental materials over the years, including iron, steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay. We will also bring to light rarely-seen early works from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which led to Gormley using his own body as a tool to create work, as well as a selection of his pocket sketchbooks and drawings.

Throughout a series of experiential installations, some brand-new, some remade for the RA’s galleries, we will invite visitors to slow down and become aware of their own bodies. Highlights include Clearing VII, an immersive ‘drawing in space’ made from kilometres of coiled, flexible metal, and Lost Horizon I, 24 life-size cast iron figures set at different orientations on the walls, floor and ceiling – challenging our perception of which way is up.

Perhaps best-known for his 200-tonne Angel of the North installation near Gateshead, and his project involving 2,400 members of the public for Trafalgar Square’s the Fourth Plinth, Antony Gormley is one of the UK’s most celebrated sculptors.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Caiger-Smith, with Sarah Lea, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Please note: in Clearing VII, we ask that visitors walk around the outside of the work, rather than through it. If you are sensitive to enclosed spaces, one of the works may not be suitable for you to enter, please ask a member of staff for the best route around.

Some of the works contain water, sharp edges and materials that can transfer onto clothing. We ask that audiences do not touch the works on display to prevent damage.

21 September — 3 December 2019

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm (excludes 23 November)
Extended hours:
Sunday 24 November: 10am - 7pm
Saturday 30 November: 10am - 10pm
Sunday 1 December: 10am - 8pm

Tickets £18 – £22. Concessions available. Become a Friend to see for free and visit at any time

Main Galleries, Burlington House