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Installation view of Antony Gormley, Asian Field. Courtesy of M+, Hong Kong

M+ Lars Nittve Keynote Lecture Series: Antony Gormley

11 May 2022 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to announce an upcoming online talk with Antony Gormley, a renowned British sculptor as the keynote speaker on Wednesday, 11 May 2022. In this talk, the artist will shed light on why he pursues site-specific, collaborative projects, including Asian Field currently on view at M+.

In 2003, Gormley invited around 300 people of all ages from Xiangshan village (now Huadong Town in Guangzhou city) to make approximately 200,000 clay figurines over five days. This installation belongs to Field, a series that Gormley began in 1989. Other versions of Field have been produced in Australia, North and South America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. In each location, the artist uses locally sourced clay and enlists local communities to mould the figures by hand. By far the biggest and most ambitious work in the series, Asian Field reflects China’s vast territory and large population.

The online talk is the inaugural session of the M+ Lars Nittve Keynote Lecture Series supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Hong Kong. Named after Lars Nittve, the founding Executive Director of M+, this series invites renowned artists and scholars to share insights on broader cultural ideas and topics.

Antony Gormley’s artistic practice questions the transformational potential of sculpture and how it can be rooted to its place to empower collective engagement. In this talk, the artist will shed light on why he left his studio practice to pursue site-specific, collaborative projects. He will ask who art can be for, what it can do, how it can be seen, and what changing contexts— temporal, geographical, and environmental—can mean for both art makers and viewers.

The talk will be conducted in English. Simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese will be available.


Antony Gormley (b. 1950, London) is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations, and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential of sculpture since the 1960s through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Gormley continually tries to identify the space of art as a place of becoming in which new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise.

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