EXPANSION FIELD, ZENTRUM PAUL KLEE, BERN, SWITZERLAND, 2014 - 2015
5 September - 14 January 2014
Antony Gormley's EXPANSION FIELD is being presented for the first time in the large exhibition hall at the Zentrum Paul Klee. This new work, consisting of 60 individual sculptures fabricated from Corten steel, is derived directly from different postures of the human body. The rigorous conceptual basis of this work and its disciplined spatial arrangement engage the viewer in a first-hand experience of space and time, while drawing on references from prehistory, to Minimal and Body Art. The orthogonal field provides a strong counterpoint to the ZPK and Renzo Piano's organic architectural structure.
Antony Gormley is acclaimed for his sculptures and installations that treat the body less as an object than as a place. His work is always to be experienced in relation to its context and sets up an open dialogue to be experienced by each viewer in an entirely subjective manner. In his art, Gormley questions the fundamental relationship of the human being to both nature and the cosmos. The space that art identifies becomes a place where new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise.
With EXPANSION FIELD, the Zentrum Paul Klee presents the first exhibition in a Swiss museum of the renowned British sculptor (born 1950), winner of the Turner Prize and the Praemium Imperiale.
Supported by Die Mobiliar, JTI, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.