The exhibition HUMAN brings together over one hundred works by Antony Gormley in Florence’s 16th century fortress, Forte di Belvedere.
Sculptures are positioned throughout the interior and courtyards to occupy every part of the Forte, positioned to resonate with the building’s scale and mass.
Among the works on display is the installation CRITICAL MASS (1995), which the artist describes as an ‘anti-monument evoking all the victims of the 20th century’. The work evokes further resonances with the Forte’s history of military power.
Gormley said of the presentation of CRITICAL MASS at Forte di Belvedere:
‘On the lower terrace, twelve body forms are installed in a linear progression, from foetal to stargazing positions, recalling the 'ascent of man'. Opposite, on the western side is a jumbled pile of the same bodies. Here, abandoned manufactured iron objects, each ten times the specific gravity of a living human body, reflect the shadow side of any idea of human progress, confronting the viewer with an image redolent of the conflict of the past century.’
Curated by Arabella Natalini and Sergio Risaliti, organised by Mus.e with the support of Galleria Continua and White Cube
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