Anish Kapoor: Up Down Shadow, 2005
Wood, wax and oil based paint
172 x 172 x 101.5 cm
© Anish Kapoor / VG Bildkunst, Bonn, 2013. Photo: Dave Morgan, Courtesy the artist
Kapoor in Berlin
BERLIN • Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin • Ongoing
|Born in 1954 in Bombay, Anish Kapoor is among the most prominent figures in British Sculpture. His award-winning work has been exhibited around the world since the early seventies. In 1990 Anish Kapoor represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennial and was awarded the coveted "Premio 2000" by the international jury. In 1991 he won the renowned "Turner Prize". A highlight of the documenta IX was Kapoor's building Descent into Limbo (1992).|
Anish Kapoor has lived and worked in London for over thirty years. His work combines the spiritual traditions of his native country and the notion of the sublime from the Western art tradition. Since his first sculptures - simple forms covered with coloured pigments and arranged on the floor - Kapoor has developed a multi-faceted body of works using such diverse materials as stone, steel or glass. In his objects and forms the border between painting and sculpture becomes blurred. In the creation of three-dimensional bodies his way of working is typical of the sculptor, but his themes - emptiness, absence, transformation and immateriality - derive from painting. Kapoor's intention is to create sculptures that don't just deal with questions of form but also address the themes of belief, passion or experiences beyond material concerns.
For his first major exhibition in Berlin he uses the whole of the ground floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, including the atrium. Some of the works have been specially designed for this venue. The show, comprising about 70 works, provides a survey of the abstract poetic work of from 1982 to the present.
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