Anish Kapoor

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Anish Kapoor (Mumbai, March 12, 1954)

Indian-born British sculptor known for his use of abstract biomorphic forms and his penchant for rich colours and polished surfaces. He was also the first living artist to be given a solo show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He moved to London to study at the Hornsey College of Art (1973–77) and the Chelsea School of Art (1977–78). A return visit to India in 1979 sparked new perspectives on the land of his birth. These were reflected through his use of saturated pigments and striking architectural forms in bodies of work such as 1000 Names. Created between 1979 and 1980, this series consisted of arrangements of abstract geometric forms coated with loose powdered pigments that spilled beyond the object itself and onto the floor or wall.

During the 1980s and ’90s Kapoor was increasingly recognized for his biomorphic sculptures and installations, made with materials as varied as stone, aluminum, and resin, that appeared to challenge gravity, depth, and perception. In 1990 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale with his installation Void Field, a grid of rough sandstone blocks, each with a mysterious black hole penetrating its top surface. The following year he was honoured with the Turner Prize, a prestigious award for contemporary art. Kapoor continued to explore the idea of the void during the remainder of the decade, creating series of works that incorporated constructions that receded into walls, disappeared into floors, or dramatically changed depth with a simple change in perspective.

In the early 21st century Kapoor’s interest in addressing site and architecture led him to create projects that were increasingly ambitious in scale and construction. For his 2002 installation Marsyas at the Tate Modern gallery in London, Kapoor created a trumpetlike form by erecting three massive steel rings joined by a 550-foot (155-metre) span of fleshy red plastic membrane that stretched the length of the museum’s Turbine Hall. In 2004 Kapoor unveiled Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park; the 110-ton elliptical archway of highly polished stainless steel—nicknamed “The Bean”—was his first permanent site-specific installation in the United States. For just over a month in 2006, Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, a concave stainless-steel mirror 35 feet (11 metres) in diameter, was installed in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Both Cloud Gate and Sky Mirror reflected and transformed their surroundings and demonstrated Kapoor’s ongoing investigation of material, form, and space.


Selected Solo Exhibitions and Projects



Destierro, Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires

Descension,Brooklyn Bridge Park, Public Art Fund, New York

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, London

Stackhouse, Winnipeg Warming Huts, Manitoba, Canada

Anish Kapoor, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy


Anish Kapoor, Museo d’Arte Contemporane, Rome

Anish Kapoor, Galleria Continua, Havana

Descension, Nuit Blanche 2016, The Seine, Paris

Anish Kapoor, Gagosian, Hong Kong

Anish Kapoor, Scai The Bathhouse, Tokyo

Gathering Clouds, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Anish Kapoor, Casamadre Arte Contemporanea, Naples

Tristan and Isolde, Set design, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Archaeology, Biology, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. UNAM, Mexico City

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, Milan

Anish Kapoor, Gladstone Gallery, New York


Ascension, Follia Continua, Paris

Ark Nova, Lucerne Festival, Fukushima, Japan

My Red Homeland, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow

Anish Kapoor Chez Le Corbusier, La Tourette, Lyon

Anish Kapoor Versailles, Château de Versailles

Descension, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels

Anish Kapoor, Regen Projects, Los Angeles


Ark Nova, Lucerne Festival, Sendai, Japan

Descension, Kochi-Muziris Biennale


Kapoor in Berlin, Martin–Gropius–Bau, Berlin

Anish Kapoor in Istanbul, Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi, Istanbul

Anish Kapoor, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin

Ark Nova, Lucerne Festival, Matsushima, Japan


Anish Kapoor, MCA Sydney

Anish Kapoor, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg

Parcifal. Set Design. Het Muzietheatre, De Nederlands Opera, Amsterdam

Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Park, London

Anish Kapoor, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv

Anish Kapoor, Gladstone Gallery, New York


Anish Kapoor, Rotonda della Besana, Milan

Dirty Corner, Fabricca del Vappore, Milan

Leviathan, Monumenta 2011, Grand Palais, Paris

Between Shit and Architecture, Galerie Kamel Mennour,

Chapelle des Petits Augustins, Beaux-Arts de Paris

Flashback, Manchester Art Gallery

Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art;

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 2012

Ascension, Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice


Anish Kapoor, Delhi Mumbai, National Gallery of

Modern Art and Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

Turning the World Upside Down;

Kensington Gardens, The Royal Parks and the

Serpentine Gallery, London

Temenos, Middlesbrough.(First of the five Tees Valley Giants

sculptures, public art works commissioned as part of Tees Valley

Regeneration (TVR), North Shore and Stockton, Tees Valley, UK

Anish Kapoor, Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno

y Contemporáneo, Bilbao

Turning the World Upside Down, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Anish Kapoor, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art,



Shooting into the Corner, MAK, Vienna

Anish Kapoor, Royal Academy, London

Brighton Festival, Guest Artistic Director

Earth Cinema, Arte Pollini, Basilicata, Italy

Dismemberment, Site I, The Farm, Kaipara Bay, New Zealand


Past, Present, Future, Institute

of Contemporary Art, Boston

Place/No Place: Anish Kapoor in Architecture,

Royal Institute of British Architects, London

Pelleas and Mellisander. Set Design. La Monnaie, Brussells

Memory, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (travelled to Solomon R. Guggenheim

Museum, New York)

Pelleas and Mellisander. Set Design. La Monnaie, Brussells


Svayambh, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes

Svayambh, Haus der Kunst, Munich

In-I. Set design. Akram Khan Company, Queen Elizathe Hall, London


Ascension, Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil,

Rio de Janeiro (travelled to Brasilia and Sao Paulo)

Sky Mirror, Rockefeller Center, New York

My Red Homeland, CAC Malaga, Spain


Whiteout, Gladstone Gallery, New York

Melancholia, MAC Grand Hornu, Belgium

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

L’Origine du monde, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,

Kanazawa, Japan


My Red Homeland, Kunsthaus, Bregenz

Painting, Lisson Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

Idomeneo,, Set design, Glyndebourne, Lewes, Sussex


Marsyas, The Unilever Series: Anish Kapoor, Turbine Hall,

Tate Modern, London

Kaash. Set design. Akram Khan Company, Festival Hall, London


Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone, New York

Sky Mirror, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, UK

Anish Kapoor, Taidehalli, Helsinki

Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York


Blood, Lisson Gallery, London

Taratantara, Piazza Plebicito, Naples


Taratantara, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK


Anish Kapoor, Hayward Gallery, London

Her Blood, La Chapelle de la Salpetriere, Paris

Anish Kapoor, Dobre Espacio, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela

Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York


Anish Kapoor, Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris


Anish Kapoor, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne

Anish Kapoor” Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia


Anish Kapoor, DePont Foundation, Tilburg

(travelled to Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo)

Mountain, Toronto, Canada

Anish Kapoor, Fondazione Prada, Milan


Mountain, Tachikawa Art Project, outside Tokyo

Anish Kapoor, Mala Galerija, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana


Anish Kapoor, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

River Run. Set design, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery


Anish Kapoor, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Anish Kapoor, Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles


Anish Kapoor, Palacio de Velazquez, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Anish Kapoor, Kunstverein Hannover


Anish Kapoor, XLIV Biennale di Venezia, British Pavilion, Venice

Drawings, Tate Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor, Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble


Anish Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New Yo

Anish Kapoor, Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya

Void Field, Lisson Gallery, London


Lisson Gallery, London


Anish Kapoor:Works on Paper 1975 – 1987″, Ray Hughes Gallery,

Sydney, (travelled to MOMA, Brisbane, Australia)


Anish Kapoor, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

Sensual Transcendence: The Sculpture of Anish Kapoor, Albright-Knox

Art Gallery, New York

Anish Kapoor: Sculpture” Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York


Anish Kapoor, Kunsthalle, Basel

(travelled to Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)


Anih Kapoor, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York


Feeling into Form, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

(travelled to Le Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne/Lyon)

Lisson Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor: Beeldhouwwerken” Galerie’t Venster, Rotterdam


Anish Kapoor, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Lisson Gallery, London


Anish Kapoor, Coracle Press, London


Patrice Alexandre, Paris



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