Angermion Lecture at Queen Mary University of London

30 January 2017
Sir Anthony Cragg

Angermion Lecture at Queen Mary University of London

On 26 January, the internationally renowned British sculptor Professor Sir Anthony Cragg RA gave the annual Angermion Lecture entitled 'The Sculpture in my Life' at Queen Mary University of London.

The Angermion Lecture, now in its eighth year, has become a firm tradition as a joint event of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary University of London and the German Embassy London. It marks the launch of the Centre's yearbook ANGERMION, published by de Gruyter (Berlin/New York).

Deputy Head of Mission Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen gave a brief welcome speech on behalf of the German Embassy emphasising that today more than ever "the arts and culture can and must play a crucial part in an open and constructive dialogue between countries". She also highlighted that the Angermion Lecture and the work of the CAGCR testify to the rich and fruitful cultural ties between Britain and Germany.

Professor Rüdiger Görner, Founding Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, gave a brief account of the work of the Centre and the Angermion Lecture which features prestigious German and British speakers from Dame A.S. Byatt to Alfred Brendel and Volker Schlöndorff, from Neil MacGregor and many more to Sir Anthony Cragg, who as an artist and public intellectual embodies the essence of Anglo-German Cultural relations in an international context.

Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, introduced Sir Anthony and also hinted at the way his connection with Germany had unlocked elements of British art.

In his lecture Sir Anthony took the audience on a fascinating biographical and intellectual journey through his relationship with the material world and the meaning of sculpture in today’s world.

Sir Anthony Douglas Cragg
Sir Anthony Douglas Cragg is one of the most distinguished sculptors of our time. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (2002), Honorary Doctor of the Royal College of Art, London (2009), Professor at the Universität der Künste, Berlin (2001-2006), and thereafter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2006), which he led a Principal until 2013. Since 2010, Sir Anthony has been appointed Honorary Fellow of University of the Arts London (2012); awarded Artist’s Medal of Honor of the Hermitage, Russia (2012) as well as the 1st Class Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2012).
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