The PinchukArtCentre presents the first comprehensive solo exhibition by Anish Kapoor in Eastern Europe, on view now through 30 September 2012. The show includes a selection of the artist’s most iconic works together with a new monumental steel work created specially for the PinchukArtCentre.
Anish Kapoor, Shooting into the Corner, 2008–2009. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation: Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009. Photo: Dave Morgan. Courtesy the artist and The Royal Academy of Arts.
Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in Bombay, he has lived and worked in London since the early ’70s. Kapoor sees his work as being engaged with deep-rooted metaphysical polarities; presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place, and the solid and the intangible. His fascination with darkness and light is apparent throughout his work; the translucent quality of the resin works, the absorbent nature of the pigment, the radiant glow of alabaster, and the fluid reflections of stainless steel and water. Through this interplay between form and light, he aspires to evoke sublime experiences, which address primal physical and psychological states.
Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre: “I am extremely glad and proud that our young museum has the wonderful opportunity to present, with this major summer exhibition, outstanding works by one of the leading artists of our time. Like no other living artist, he has succeeded in creating a balance between the physical presence of the material and the sublime of the void. Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre opens a new brilliant chapter in our history.”
Highlights of the exhibition
Between Shit and Architecture (2011), 12 monumental concrete mounds generated by the use of a new and specially developed technological process.
In Kapoor’s installation, Shooting into the Corner (2009), a cannon shoots projectiles of red wax into the corner of the gallery at regular intervals, relentlessly repeating this action. This is perhaps the most dramatic work of the exhibition, where the form of the work evolves continually through the accumulation of the wax, spreading across the walls and floor of the gallery.
The raw materials and seemingly random forms of the concrete works become a counterpoint to the perfect surface of the mirror works, which dominate one floor of the PinchukArtCentre. The reflective surface distorts the space and constructs a dynamic interaction between the work, the architecture, and the viewer.
While concrete, steel, and wax forms are at the heart of the exhibition, a selection of 26 architectural models give a different view of Kapoor as an artist who is deeply interested in the public realm. They offer a unique insight into this area of his work and the artist’s approach to space on an architectural scale.
The focal point of this exhibition is commissioned new monumental steel, creating Kapoor’s central idea, the simultaneity of inside and outside of a sculpture.
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