Anish Kapoor has developed a multi-faceted oeuvre using materials, such as stone, steel, wax, pigment, PVC and high-tech material over the years. In his objects, sculptures and installations the boundaries between painting and sculpture become blurred. For his first major exhibition in Berlin, Kapoor used the whole of the ground floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, including the magnificent atrium and many of the works have been specially designed for this venue. The show, comprising about 70 works, provides a survey of the abstract poetic work from 1988 to the present. Kapoor, born in Mumbai, is shown among the most prominent representatives of British sculpture and in 1991 he received the prestigious Turner Prize. Since the early 1980s his works have been exhibited worldwide.
What is characteristic of Kapoor’s work is his unlimited ability to constantly reinvent the language of art, both in its monumental and in its intimate dimensions, and the many dualities which come to light in his search for aesthetic effects both in perfection and in chaos. His creations are made of natural and artificial materials. They serve Kapoor’s endlessly inventive and suggestive pursuit of abstract metaphor. Some of the works to be shown in the exhibition are, a late 1980s worked with stone, ‘Wound’, a gash in the inner faces of two stones and filled it with deep red pigment, a representation of Kapoor’s universe with many black holes, one of the highlights of Documenta IX, ‘Descent into Limbo’, a walk-in cube with a seemingly bottomless black hole on the floor,literally dragged the viewer into itself. Also exhibited, concave or convex mirror structures causing the natural order of time and space to fall apart, ‘Vertigo’ which several perspectives appear simultaneously in one reflection. Also available ‘Shooting into the Corner’, a cannon is filled with big red wax cannonballs which are fired at regular intervals into a corner of the gallery. This causes walls, ceiling and floor to be transformed in an archaic and yet picturesque manner on a spontaneous basis.
Kapoor’s newly created work redefining the relationship between painting, sculpture and architecture can be seen until November 24th.