New Delhi: National Advisory Council (NAC)
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said art opened new windows in
the mind, freeing it from prejudice and narrowness and hoped
that truly valuable works of art like that of Anish Kapoor
will adorn important spaces in Indian cities.
Inaugurating an exhibition of world renowned artist Anish
Kapoor`s work at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)
here, Gandhi recalled Indira Gandhi`s words that development
must be about whole individual, addressing as much aesthetic
and spiritual uplift, as material needs.
"Art, and particularly, public art, plays a vital role in
this process. It improves taste and sensibility. It helps open
new windows in our mind, freeing it from prejudice and
narrowness," she said at the event.
"It is therefore a matter of regret that our cities and
public spaces have so little public art of any real
distinction. I hope we may one day see an Anish Kapoor
installation in one of our cities - as well as others of true
quality by some of our leading artists," she added.
Pointing out that Kapoor had left India for London when
he was 18, she said he had made a triumphant return to his
homeland that has continued to nourish his artistic
"We take pride in this son of India, acclaimed the world
over as one of the most important sculptors of our time, who
has brilliantly fused the timeless and the contemporary and
dramatically extended the frontiers of art," she said.
Referring to the Cloud Gate sculpture of Anish Kapoor in
Chicago, US, Gandhi said she was told that it was one of the
most visited artwork in a public space in the world.
"This is testimony to the magnetism and interactive
nature of his art, but also to his commitment to taking it
beyond the rarefied art world to the public at large.
"I am sure his exhibitions in Delhi and Mumbai will evoke
an enthusiastic response. Viewers will engage with Anish
Kapoor`s artistic vision, and, will no doubt, be challenged in
some way by the experience," she added.
Noting that Kapoor`s works have broke new ground, she
said it has won acclaim for the inspired, even daring, manner
in which architecture and sculpture, space and form, earth and
sky, engineering and technology, are brought together.
"Beyond the technical virtuosity, however, is the
singularity of his artistic vision. His forms convey
intriguing dualities: the earthy and the ethereal, permanence
and impermanence, stillness and movement, darkness and light,
illusion and reality," she added.
Born in Mumbai in 1954, Kapoor moved to London in 1973 to
train as an artist and has been based there since. This
exhibition is his first in India. Apart from the NGMA in
Delhi, his exhibition will be held at the Mehboob Studios in