National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
August 06, 2021 – October 30, 2022
Visitors to National Gallery Singapore can look forward to a unique and participatory experience through the exhibition Antony Gormley. On display from 6 August 2021 to 30 October 2022, the exhibition features the new large-scale installation Horizon Field Singapore (2021) as part of the Gallery’s annual Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission Series. For the first time, this year’s commissioned work is complemented by three further sculptures that together trace four decades of Gormley’s practice: Sense (1991), Close V (1998), and Ferment (2007). Placed at key locations throughout the Gallery, these works form a sequence of what the artist calls “acupuncture points” within the architecture, activating their surroundings and provoking connections with their audience.
The exhibition offers an introduction to the artist’s extensive body of work, which draws on a range of traditions and ideas including Buddhist sculpture and philosophy, Minimalism, and quantum physics. Many of Gormley’s works encourage viewers to focus their attention on their own movement and perception in relation to the surrounding space. In the new commission, Horizon Field Singapore, visitors can step into a matrix of intersecting metal and take part in a spatial experience that continually shifts as they walk through it. This work expands Gormley’s approach to sculpture as a collaborative, ongoing dialogue between the artist, the object, and the audience.
Dr Eugene Tan, Director of National Gallery Singapore said, “We are delighted to partner with Antony Gormley for this landmark exhibition. Gormley is the first international artist who was born or lives outside Asia to be featured in the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, and we’re excited to see this engagement with the Roof Garden Gallery continue with his work in the Singapore context, after Asian Field (2005) and Drift (2009). Horizon Field Singapore furthers Gormley’s exploration of space through its relations with people and speaks to the region’s complex cultures and histories in its situatedness. By expanding this commission to include the artist’s earlier works, this exhibition exemplifies our commitment to connecting our public through art and its inspiring possibilities. Antony Gormley is an opportunity to further nurture our publics’ interest in art through this innovative, exciting, and memorable experience.”
Antony Gormley said, “There’s a bit of dance here in Horizon Field Singapore: the circles could be hula hoops; it invites you to become aware of your more animal nature, to feel it… Walter Pater said that all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music – so it is something that exists outside of you, but also inside you, and in a way, possesses you. Horizon Field Singapore doesn’t have anything to show, it doesn’t have anything to tell. It is an invitation to feel your own life through the context that it gives you.”