18 September–24 November 2019

Barry Flanagan at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham

Ikon presents a major survey of work by Barry Flanagan, one of Britain's most inventive sculptors, filling entirely the gallery’s two floors of exhibition space. It includes key pieces drawn from the Estate of Barry Flanagan, Tate, Arts Council Collection and Southampton City Gallery.


Curated by Jo Melvin, the exhibition will bring together a selection of Flanagan's iconic bronze sculptures (1980s–90s) alongside earlier works, offering new insights into the connections between seemingly distinct aspects of his practice. Demonstrating an ongoing experimentation with materials and their properties, and a symbiosis between abstraction and figuration, the exhibition will challenge the supposition that Flanagan's later works represent a marked shift in his approach to art-making. Rather, they represent the distillation of his decades-long fascination with ontology, movement and the physicality of the various materials with which he worked.