Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Perhaps most famous for public sculptures that are both adventures in form and feats of engineering, he manoeuvres between vastly different scales, across numerous series of work.

Immense PVC skins, stretched or deflated; concave or convex mirrors whose reflections attract and swallow the viewer; recesses carved in stone and pigmented so as to disappear: these voids and protrusions summon up deep-felt metaphysical polarities of presence and absence, concealment and revelation. Forms turn themselves inside out, womb-like, and materials are not painted but impregnated with colour, as if to negate the idea of an outer surface, inviting the viewer to the inner reaches of the imagination.

Kapoor’s geometric forms from the early 1980s, for example, rise up from the floor and appear to be made of pure pigment, while the viscous, blood-red wax sculptures from the last ten years – kinetic and self-generating – ravage their own surfaces and explode the quiet of the gallery environment. There are resonances with mythologies of the ancient world – Indian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman – and with modern times, where 20th century events loom large.

Anish Kapoor. Courtesy of Fabrice Seixas
Anish Kapoor
Mumbai, 1954

Current Exhibitions

08 Mar — 29 Jul
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi presents the exhibition “The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence”, curated by Valerie Hillings,...

Anish Kapoor at MACRO

MACRO Via Nizza

17 Dec — 17 Apr

Upcoming Exhibitions


Castello di Rivoli
14/03/2017 — 23/07/2017

Past Exhibitions

Tudo Joia

Bergamin & Gomide
28/10/2016 — 26/11/2016

Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU
22/10/2016 — 15/01/2017

Anish Kapoor: Gathering Clouds

Kukje Gallery 31/08/2016 — 30/10/2016

Curated by?

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
30/06/2016 — 16/10/2016

Anish Kapoor: Archaeology: Biology

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo – MUAC
28/05/2016 — 27/11/2016

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mumbai Country of birth: India Date of birth: 1954