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Hany Armanious: Stone Soup

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Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

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A sculpture of a table tennis on a stand which appears to be made from upright bottle corks

Hany Armanious, one of Australia’s leading sculptors, playfully lays bare the fundamental decisions and processes of making and presenting sculpture.

Armanious moved from Egypt to Australia as a child and has spoken of his experiences of a cultural shift, relearning the world though its material language as much as its spoken one. His sculpture practice throws into question any certainty of knowing the world through its things, while unravelling the experience of encountering objects for the very first time.

Starting with modest, found objects from the domestic world, Armanious follows a convoluted process to create duplicates, or ‘distillations’ of these originals, creating a mould and then a near-identical cast of his starting subject. Presented as standalone forms or as accumulations of several different objects, his sculptures toy with the notion of originality and the dependability of the physical world to learn or be a manifestation of truth. In the era of artificial intelligence and deepfakes, this relationship is only ever becoming more unstable. Enduringly playful, Armanious’ works also prod at the legacies of modern painting and sculpture.

This will be Armanious’ first solo, institutional exhibition in Europe and will include work from the last 20 years.

About the artist

Portrait photo of Hany Armanious, a bald man wearing clear-rimmed glasses. He is crouching down next to one of his artworks, a piece of concrete that has been cast and reproduced in resin.
Portrait photo of Hany Armanious. Photo: Min Young Lim.

Hany Armanious

Hany Armanious lives and works in Sydney. His work has been exhibited and collected throughout Australasia, Europe and North America. Armanious represented Australia at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

His selected solo exhibitions include Fine Arts, Sydney (2024); Michael Lett, Auckland (2022); Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2018); Southard Reid, London (2016); City Gallery Wellington, (2014); Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (2013); Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012); MCA Sydney Sculpture Terrace, Sydney (2012); Foxy Production, New York (2010); Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2008); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and City Gallery Wellington (2006-07) and The Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles (2001).

Selected group exhibitions include Future Eaters, MUMA, Melbourne (2017); Mutatis Mutandis, Secession, Vienna (2012) and Busan Biennale, Korea (2007).

Curator’s Tour of Hany Armanious: Stone Soup
Close-up detail of a sculpture comprised of a piece of white board with upside-down stickers of cats on.
Part of Hany Armanious: Stone Soup
Part of Hany Armanious: Stone Soup

Guided tour

Curator’s Tour of Hany Armanious: Stone Soup

18:00–19:00

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Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
The Enduring Appeal and Fear of Indexicality and Origins
Sculpture of leaves scattered around a polystyrene box
Part of Hany Armanious: Stone Soup
Part of Hany Armanious: Stone Soup

Lecture

The Enduring Appeal and Fear of Indexicality and Origins

18:00–19:00

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Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

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