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Anthony Caro
The Last Judgement Sculpture from the Würth Collection

20.12.2019 to 12.07.2020
Gemäldegalerie

Together with the Würth Collection, in the central hall of the Gemäldegalerie, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is presenting The Last Judgement Sculpture, a major work by the British artist Anthony Caro (1924–2013). Right next door to the Old Masters, this monumental 25-part installation forms a sweeping ensemble of forms united by the overarching theme of the Last Judgement. 

Since the mid-17th century, the theme of the Last Judgement has rarely been addressed in the visual arts. Numerous paintings, sculptures and reliefs from the Middle Ages into the early modern period, however, bear testament to the popularity this subject matter once enjoyed. The striking artistic sophistication that these depictions achieved can be observed in the Gemäldegalerie, which boasts a range of outstanding painterly visions conceived by the Old Masters. Right next door to these works, from 20 December 2019, The Last Judgement Sculpture provides visitors with the chance to jump forward through the history of art: in the central hall, they can discover British sculptor Anthony Caro’s unique take on the theme of the Last Judgement.

Between Abstraction and Figurality

For The Last Judgement Sculpture, between 1995 and 1999 Sir Anthony Caro developed a completely unique sculptural language that morphs between abstraction and figurality. The sculptures in stone, wood, steel, brass and concrete form a sweeping ensemble of forms united by the overarching theme of the Last Judgement. But with every individual figure, additional fields of association are evoked. Caro drew these from Bible texts and ancient mythology, and from the traditions of modern literature and the visual arts.

Interrogating the Present

The Last Judgement Sculpture is not only the product of the sculptor’s interrogation of the history of art and culture. While most of his works are paeans to life in the language of sculpture, says Caro, his Last Judgement is “a commentary on modes of social and political behaviour”. Caro singled out the violent conflicts of the 20th century as the driving force behind the work, particularly the war crimes committed during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.

The Sculptor Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro is a key figure in the history of Modernist sculpture. A student of Henry Moore, early in his career, he created figurative works. From the early 1960s onwards, he became one of the leading proponents of abstract sculpture. His encounters with other artists such as David Smith were fundamental to this shift, as was his contact with the American art critic Clement Greenberg.

The collector Reinhold Würth was closely involved in the creation of The Last Judgement Sculpture from the outset. During a studio visit, Würth was convinced by the potential of the project while it was still just a collection of maquettes, and asked Caro – whom Würth considers “the most important British sculptor since Henry Moore” – to create the ensemble for the Würth Collection. Shortly after its completion, the work was presented to the public for the first time at the 1999 Venice Biennale.  

Exhibition Booklet and Talk Series  

To accompany the exhibition, a booklet will be released in German and English featuring information on The Last Judgement Sculpture as well as connections with selected works in the collection of the Gemäldegalerie. A series of talks will round off the programme of events that will run alongside the exhibition.

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Anthony Caro: The Bell Tower (The Last Judgement Sculpture, 1995-1999), Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd / Foto: David Buckland

Thu 02.04.2020 04:00 pm
Gemäldegalerie
Academy: conversations on art and culture (over several days)
Adults

Anthony Caro: Shades of Night (The Last Judgement Sculpture, 1995-1999), Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd / Foto: David Buckland

Sun 05.04.2020 04:00 pm
Gemäldegalerie
Public tour
Adults
More Dates : Sun 19.04.2020   Sun 03.05.2020   Sun 17.05.2020   Mehr

Anthony Caro: The Last Trump (The Last Judgement Sculpture, 1995-1999), Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd / Foto: David Buckland

Tue 21.04.2020 04:00 pm
Gemäldegalerie
Curator tour
Adults

Anthony Caro: The Last Trump (The Last Judgement Sculpture, 1995-1999), Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd / Foto: David Buckland

Sat 23.05.2020 11:30 am
Gemäldegalerie
Public tour | Tandem guided tour
Adults

Anthony Caro: The Last Trump (The Last Judgement Sculpture, 1995-1999), Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd / Foto: David Buckland

Thu 25.06.2020 06:00 pm
Gemäldegalerie
Running-dialogue tour | Expert talk
Adults

Anthony Caro, The Bell Tower (The Last Judgement Sculpture), 1995-1999, Beton, Holz, Messing und Stahl, Sammlung Würth, Inv. 5417
© Barford Sculptures Ltd, Foto: David Buckland

Tue 07.04.2020 11:00 am
Gemäldegalerie
Workshop (several days)
Teens

Anthony Caro, The Last Judgement Sculpture, Ausstellungsansicht Gemäldegalerie 2019, Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / David von Becker
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Ausstellungsgespräch

Anthony Caro, The Last Judgement Sculpture, Ausstellungsansicht Gemäldegalerie 2019, Sammlung Würth
© Barford Sculptures Ltd, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / David von Becker
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