Gormley on the screen

26 maggio – 22 settembre 2015

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture since the 1960s through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. In conjunction with the artist’s latest exhibition, HUMAN. Antony Gormley, currently on show at the Forte di Belvedere, Museo Novecento presents five documentaries which explore the artist’s life and practice.


May 26, July 7, August 11, September 15 h5.30 pm
What do Artists Do All Day?
Film by Morag Tinto
Produced by BBC
30 minutes
The BBC follow the Antony Gormley and his team in their busy Kings Cross studio, preparing a new work called Expansion Field – a group of 60 enormous steel sculptures to be shown together at the Zentrum Paul Klee museum in Bern. Reflecting on the ideas behind his sculptures, the collaborative nature of his studio and the excitement he still feels as new projects come together, the film offers an intimate and fascinating insight into the artist’s practice.

June 2, July 14, August 18, September 22 h5.30 pm
Making Space
Film by Beeban Kidron
A Cross Street Films Production
An intimate portrait of Antony Gormley as he prepares for a major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London. Filmed over several months Making Space explores the ups and downs of the creative process. From the casting of his own body to the emergence of several new works, the film gradually builds a picture of both the pressure and the purpose of Gormley’s artistic journey.

June 16, July 21, August 25 h5.30 pm
Film by Illuminations
26 minutes
Antony Gormley’s lead and iron figures are cast from his own body. They demand a physical and emotional response, but also raise profound philosophical questions about memory, the mind and our senses. Some of his sculptures, such as the tiny sleeping figure modelled on his infant daughter Still IV, are intensely private. Other works, like Field and Allotment II, are sweeping social and architectural explorations of a grand scale. Many of Gormley’s most significant works are illustrated in this film profile, including Bed, made from hundreds of loaves of sliced white bread, and the spectacular Quantum Cloud created alongside the Millenium Dome in London. The artist offers a reflective commentary on these and other works and on the central investigations and imperatives of his art.

June 23, July 28, September 1 h5.30 pm
May – August 2003
Film by Andy Hodson & Christo Wallers
Produced by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
20 minutes
This film documents the making of Gormley’s major installation DOMAIN FIELD at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England in 2003. Occupying an entire floor of the BALTIC (8000 square feet), DOMAIN FIELD involved the participation of a number of local volunteers aged from two to eighty-five years who were moulded in plaster by teams of specially trained staff. These moulds were then used to construct the individual Domain sculptures by a process of welding the steel elements together inside each mould. The finished installation comprised 287 sculptures

June 30, August 4, September 8 h5.30 pm
Film by David Scott
Editing Harry Dwyer
Music Shahzad Ismaily
12 minutes

This film explores the installation of 100 iron body casts set within the olive groves and ancient ruins of the Parco Archeologico di Scolacium, a few kilometres from Catanzaro. Each sculpture is mounted on a different base but at the same height, creating a single horizon.   “It is the first time that I have been able to use such a fascinating place, one so rich in allusions to both historical memory and present reality,” said Gormley. “I think of this as a form of acupuncture, activating the living human time of the viewer, the biological time of the trees and the geological time of the earth, using the industrial time of mechanical reproduction”.
In collaboration with the Antony Gormley’s Studio.

The screening program is included in the Museo Novecento admission ticket.