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The sculptor Antony Gormley returns for the third time to Florence with Essere (Being), works on display at the Uffizi Gallery.

passageWith works displayed at Magliabechiana and in other unpredictable places, the exhibition has many surprises in store. To see a man on the Uffizi terrace balustrade generated a sense of wonder: the man by Gormley is right there, inserted in the past and yet ready for the future. The title of the work is Event Horizon, one of the works part of the exhibition Being, held in the Gallery of Statues and Paintings until May 26.

This figure is one of the most famous works by the London artist and has already been exhibited over the years on the tops of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, such as the Empire State Building in New York. In Florence it is located on the spectacular terrace of the cafeteria, which also allows a close encounter with the façade of Palazzo Vecchio.

The exhibition Essere also displays other statues, such as Another Time, exhibited among the classical sculptures in which it is naturally inserted: a cast-iron figure looking out of the window in the direction of Ponte Vecchio and the Arno river, fulfilled with what he sees, in a dialogue with the works of the Renaissance and with the modern world.

The third encounter between the figures of Gormley and the historical collection of the Uffizi takes place in the room of the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, which is a splendid Roman copy dating to the Imperial age of a Hellenistic original of the 2nd century BC: here the work of Gormley, Settlement, lies on the floor in front of the ancient statue.

Antony Gormley’s art is an invitation to reflect and take part; the sensation of physically participating in the work of art is very intense on entering the black steel sculpture Passage, at the entrance to the Magliabechiana Hall, where 12 of the works of the exhibition are gathered. Passage is a 12-meter tunnel with a human form, the largest work ever hosted in the Uffizi.

Some of the sculptures of the exhibition have been created for the occasion, including Veer II, a suspended cast-iron weave reminiscent of the nervous system, and Breath, a cloud of lead that recalls the expansion of the cosmos.

Antony Gormley. Essere, from February 26 to May 26, 2019, at the Gallery of Statues and Paintings at the Uffizi Galleries


Published: 5/3/2019

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