My Red Homeland, 2003, Wax and oil-based paint, steel arm and motor, Diameter: 12 m. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn. ©Anish Kapoor, 2015
Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential artists in the world, who has changed the perception of contemporary sculpture. Born in Bombay, India, Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the 1970s. In 1990 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale wh ere he was awarded the Premio Duemila and in 1991 he won the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2009, Anish Kapoor was the first contemporary artist to have an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
«I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relation with both space and time. Time, on two levels; one narratively and cinematically as a matter of the passage through the work, and the other as a literal elongation of the moment. This has to do with form and colour and the propensity of colour to induce reverie. Consequently, I hope, an elongation of time. Space is as complex, the space contained in an object must be bigger than the object which contains it. My aim is to separate the object from its object-hood.» © Anish Kapoor
The exhibition in Moscow will include four major sculptures from integral though distinct bodies of work in the artist's sculptural language: voids; mirrors and the auto-generated. Rendered in pigment, steel and wax, the works epitomise Kapoor’s manipulation of matter to create a landscape and geology that is both other and sublime. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first monographic publication of Kapoor’s work in Russian and the artist will give a public talk in the Museum alongside the opening.
Anish Kapoor has had recent exhibitions in leading museums and galleries across the world including Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia (2012); De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2012); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2012); Grand Palais, Paris, France (2011); Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (2010); Royal Academy, London, UK (2009) and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2007).
From June till November 2015, the sculptures of Anish Kapoor are being exhibited in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, France.