Anish Kapoor set to wow Indians with first exhibition
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 23:08
New Delhi: Mumbai-born British artist Anish Kapoor, known for his phenomenally huge and awe-inspiring public art sculptures, is now set to showcase for the first time in India.

Kapoor, whose sculptures often sell for millions and who has designed the about Rs 115 crore ArcelorMittal Orbit for the 2012 Olympic Park in London, will also visit India, which he left for the UK in the 1970s and attend the retrospective as well as the forthcoming Indian Art Summit in the capital in January.

"This is the biggest collection of Anish Kapoor's work to be seen outside UK. His works provide intellectual stimulation and visual delight. It is a proud moment in our cultural relationship with India," Ruth Gee, Regional Director, British Council, told reporters here today.

Touted as the largest exhibition ever to be developed on his works, the exhibits featuring a selection of 25 sculptures and installations spanning from his early pigment-based sculptures of the 1980s to the recent wax installations collected from different parts of the world, would be shown in Delhi and Mumbai over a period of three months from the end of November.

The British Council is collaborating with the Ministry of Culture, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, UK's Lisson Gallery and luxury brand Louis Vuitton in bringing the London-based artist's work to the country.

"We hope to get people talking in India. Anish Kapoor is a controversial and internationally known artist... who has been selected to represent the London Olympics," said Gee.

Both the exhibitions at the renovated NGMA new gallery -- from November 27 -- and at Mehboob film studios in Bandra, Mumbai -- from November 29 will feature the recent record breaking works of the artist at the Royal Academy in London that attracted over 275,000 visitors in less than three months.

"While the Picasso exhibition was a feat in itself. This exhibition will set another benchmark and phenomenal viewership from Indians," said Rajeev Lochan, Director, NGMA. The Gallery had put up a retrospective of modernist painter Pablo Picasso in 2001.

Kapoor, who has won the Turner Prize, has created a giant sculpture Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park and has exhibited extensively across the world.

"Anish Kapoor's works have simple form and evoke intense feelings," said Jawahar Sircar, Union Secretary of Culture adding that there would be more reciprocal exchanges of artists between India and UK in the coming years.

India and the UK had earlier this year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at boosting cultural exchanges over the next five years.


First Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 23:08

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