British artist Antony Gormley has developed a new, spectacular installation especially for the large Deichtorhalle: HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG will go on show during the documenta.

Visitors will enter the north hall of the Deichtorhallen to be confronted by a space that is almost 2,500 sq. m. in size, nearly 19 meters high and virtually empty. Here, a vast, black, reflective structure will float 7.5 meters above the floor, inviting adventure. The suspended, slightly oscillating platform exploits the structural potential and architectural context of the Deichtorhallen building, taking visitors into a new spatiotemporal matrix.

HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG will provoke an experience of re-orientation and re-connection with walking, feeling, hearing and seeing.  Like a horizontal painting stretched taut in space, the visitor will be positioned as a figure in a free, floating, undefined ground.

The admission to the exhibition is free. The artist says: »Horizon Field Hamburg is an open field for adults and children. Entry is free.«

For almost 40 years now, Antony Gormley has been creating sculptures in which he explores the relationship between the human body and space. This is explicitly addressed in his large-format works such as »Another Place«, »Domain Field« and »Inside Australia«, and implicitly in works such as »Clearing«, »Breathing Room« and »Blind Light« where the work becomes a frame through which the viewer becomes the viewed. By using his own existence as a test ground, Gormley’s work transforms a site of subjective experience into one of collective projection. Increasingly, the artist has taken his practice beyond the gallery, engaging the public in active participation, as in »Clay and the Collective Body« (Helsinki) and the celebrated »One & Other« in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Gormley’s artistic oeuvre has been showed extensively in a number of solo exhibitions in Great Britain: the Whitechapel Gallery, the Serpentine Gallery, the Tate and Hayward Galleries as well as the British Museum and White Cube. Moreover, his works have been presented in solo shows in international museums including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), Malmö Konsthall (Sweden), Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Germany), the National Museum of Modern Chinese History (Beijing), Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Mexico City, Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria) and the State Hermitage Museum (St Petersburg). Gormley has also participated in group shows in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at the Venice Biennale and in documenta 8 in Kassel, Germany. Major public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England) and Exposure (Lelystad, Netherlands).

Gormley has received many awards, such as the Turner Prize (1994), the South Bank Award for the Visual Arts (1999) and the Bernhard Heiliger Preis für Skulptur (2007). In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary doctor of the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and since 2007 a British Museum trustee.

Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950.

This project is being organized by Deichtorhallen Hamburg in cooperation with Galerie Thaddeus Ropac and was made possible by the generous patronage of NORDMETALL-Stiftung and Kulturstiftung des Bundes. The structural concept is being provided by schlaich bergermann und partner.

During the regular opening hours the entire exhibition space is only accessible with bare feet or socks.

To avoid waiting in line, schools and larger groups must register in advance via Email to kunstvermittlung(at) or call +49 (0)40 32103-192/-141.


The book accompanying the exhibtion includes essays by Dirk Luckow, Stephen C. Levinson and Iain Boyd Whyte. German/English. 172 pages, installation views, cloth-bound. 14,80 Euro.


With the opening of the installation visitors can visit the blog to share their experiences as well as photos and videos of HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG. Tell us how you liked HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG at Deichtorhallen Hamburg!


Listen to an exclusive audio introduction to HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG on you IPhone. In the AUDIO-section of the Deichtorhallen app Antony Gormley talks about the making of and the idea behind the project.


See how HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG came to life in our Photo-Diary on Flickr. We covered the construction with photos from a spectacular angle. Until opening night you can follow closely how the installation by Antony Gormley comes together at the Halle für aktuelle Kunst.


In our YouTube channel you will find various clips about the exhibition project HORIZON FIELD HAMBURG. Watch interviews with Antony Gormley, impressions of the building and constructionwork or short trailer. Selected highlights from our channel can always be found on this site.


[Translate to English:] Der 1950 in London geborene Künstler hatte Einzelausstelllungen u.a. in der Hermitage, St. Petersburg, dem Kunsthaus Bregenz, der Hayward Gallery, der Kunsthalle zu Kiel, dem Malmö Kunstmuseum sowie im Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Dänemark). Bedeutende öffentliche Arbeiten umfassen »Angel of the North« (Gateshead, England), »Another Place« (Crosby Beach, England) und »Exposure« (Lelystad, Niederlande). Gormley erhielt vielfache Auszeichnungen wie den Turner Preis (1994) und den Order des British Empire (1997). Er ist Ehrenmitglied der Royal Academy of Arts und seit 2007 Trustee des British Museum.

Das von den Deichtorhallen Hamburg in Kooperation mit der Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac getragene Projekt konnte nur durch die großzügige Förderung der NORDMETALL-Stiftung und der Kulturstiftung des Bundes realisiert werden. Die statisch-konstruktive Konzeption übernehmen die Ingenieure des Planungsbüros  schlaich bergermann und partner.

Achtung: während der Laufzeit ist der gesamte Ausstellungsraum nur barfuss oder auf Socken betretbar.

Um lange Wartezeiten zu vermeiden, ist eine Voranmeldung für Schulklassen und große Besuchergruppen zwingend erforderlich: per E-Mail an kunstvermittlung(at) oder telefonisch über 32103-141/-192.


Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein Katalog im Snoeck Verlag mit Texten Deutsch/Englisch von Dirk Luckow, Stephen C. Levinson und Iain Boyd Whyte. 172 Seiten, Installationsaufnahmen, in Leinen gebunden. 14,80 Euro

[Translate to English:] Horizon Field Hamburg

Foto: Henning Rogge/ Deichtorhallen
Foto: Henning Rogge/ Deichtorhallen
Foto: Henning Rogge/ Deichtorhallen