Antony Gormley, one of today’s most acclaimed sculptors, is presenting “Human”, at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence from April 26 to September 27.
The exhibition, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Arabella Natalini, brings together over one hundred works and will be displayed throughout the 16th-century fortress which boasts extraordinary views over Florence and its surrounding hills.
The life-size works will be distributed not only in the rooms but also on the ramparts, steps and terraces. At the core of the exhibition will be two arrangements of the work “CRITICAL MASS II” (1995) which comprises twelve body forms in various basic body postures.
The twelve body forms of CRITICAL MASS II will be installed on the east side of fortress’s lower terrace in a linear progression, from foetal to stargazing, recalling the ‘ascent of man’. On the opposite side will be a jumbled pile of the same bodies in representation of the shadow side of any idea of human progress.
The dialogue between anatomy and architecture evolves in this exhibition with the works widely dispersed throughout Forte di Belvedere. Here the visitor stumbles on a statue and is encouraged to reflect about who they are and how they negotiate the spaces around them.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm. Free admission.