26 May 2015

Gormley on the screen

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Museo Novecento

26 May– 22 September

Acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and interventions in public space that investigate the relationship between the human body and space, Antony Gormley is among the most well-known artists on the international scene. His artistic research has expanded the potential introduced by sculpture since the sixties, through the critical involvement of his body and that of others, in an artistic practice that investigates the relationship between human beings, nature and the universe. In collaboration with his latest project, HUMAN, currently exhibited at the Forte di Belvedere, the Museo Novecento presents a series of documentaries that investigate the life and practice of the artist.

The movies in program

26 May, 7 July, 11 agosto, 15 September at 5.30p.m

What do Artists Do All Day?

a movie by Morag Tinto
BBC production
english language
The BBC followed Antony Gromley and his team to work in the crowded studio at King’s Cross during the creation of Expansion Field, a sculptural group consisting of 60 huge steel figures for the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. With an intimate look and a privileged point of view on Gormley’s artistic practice, the film reveals the ideas that support some of his works, emphasizing the collaborative nature of his studio and the emotion that still accompanies the birth of new projects.

2 June, 14 July, 18 August, 22 September at 5.30p.m

Making Space

a movie by Beeban Kidron
Cross Street Films Production
english language
Shot in the months leading up to the opening of his major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, the film is an intimate portrait that follows the changing stages of Antony Gormley’s creative process. From the cast of his body to the birth of new works, he gradually returns an image of the intentions and tension that animate his artistic work.

16 June, 21 July, 25 August at 5.30p.m


a movie by Illumination
english language
The lead and iron figures of Antony Gormley are modeled from the artist’s own body. They are works that at the same time require an answer
physical and emotional, and raise deep philosophical questions about memory, intellect and senses. Some sculptures are intimate, such as the tiny Still IV, a sleeping figure modeled after her newborn daughter; others, such as Field and Allotment II, are large-scale social and architectural investigations. Many of Gormley’s most significant works are illustrated in the film, including Bed, made from hundreds of slices of bread or the spectacular Quantum Cloud made near the Millennium Dome in London. The artist offers a reflection on these and other works and on the imperatives and central issues of his work.

23 June, 28 July, 1 September at 5.30p.m

The Making of Domain Field: Antony Gormley at Baltic

May– August 2003
a movie by Andy Hodson & Christo Wallers
produced by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
english language
The film documents the creation of DOMAIN FIELD, an installation presented in 2003 in the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, consisting of 287 sculptures spread over an area of over 700 square meters. A large number of volunteers between the ages of two and eighty-five were involved in its implementation. The volunteer corps were all plastered by a group of specialists. Each cast, then, was used to give shape to a sculpture,  thanks to a welding process of steel elements that took place directly inside the same molds.

30 June, 4 August, 8 September at 5.30p.m


a movie by David Scott, editing Harry Dwyer, music by Shahzad Ismaily
english language
The film documents the installation realized in the Archaeological Park of Scolacium , a few kilometers from Catanzaro, composed of 100 casts of iron bodies and distributed among the olive trees and the ancient ruins of the place. Each sculpture was mounted on a different base from the others and placed at the same height, in order to draw a unique horizon. “For the first time I was able to work and involve such a fascinating place, full of references both to historical memory and to current reality”, said Antony Gormley , “I think of the installation as a sort of acupuncture capable of activating the biological time of the visitor, that of the trees and the geological time of the earth, using the industrial time of mechanical reproduction”.

The projection program was realized thanks to the collaboration of Antony Gormley’s Studio.

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