Anish Kapoor To Exhibit Major Sculptures At Moscow’s Jewish Museum

Anish Kapoor

The Turner Prize winning British artist Anish Kapoor is to exhibit in Moscow this Autumn. The exhibition will include three 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. 

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 where 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 color and the propensity of color 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

Kapoor has had recent exhibitions in leading museums and galleries across the world including Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2012); De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2012); Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2012); Grand Palais, Paris (2011); Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2010); Royal Academy, London (2009) and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2007). 

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow was opened in 2012 in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage building in Moscow, the monument of Constructivism designed by Konstantin Melnikov and Vladimir Shukhov in 1926. In under a century, the architectural masterpiece of the Russian avant-garde became the venue for the most high-tech museum in Russia. The permanent exhibition presents the history of Russia starting from the period of Catherine II the Great and going to our days, through the examples of the culture and everyday life of the Jewish people.

Unlike many historical museums, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center is interactive. The 12 themed halls are equipped with panoramic cinemas, interactive screens, audiovisual installations created with the use of unique photo- and video-archives, documents and interviews. Major exhibitions introducing the main movements and names in fine art are also held in the Museum. Thanks to different research activities, educational programs, large-scale exhibition projects, and a wide range of excursions, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center represents a multifunctional cultural institution open for everyone.

Anish Kapoor exhibition My Red Homeland will open on 22 September 2015 at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, supported by Lisson Gallery, London. A part of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, it will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Russia, closing on 17 January 2016. 


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