Kapoor Anish

Space as an object 81,3x81,3x81,3 cm, acrylic, unique material, 2003
Date of Birth: 1954
Place of residence: London

Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay, in an Indian-Jewish family. His father, a Punjabi-born, was engaged in military hydrography. The mother, from a family of Baghdad Jews, was the daughter of a Pune synagogue. The brother is Canadian sociologist Ilan Kapoor (b. 1959). Attended Doon School Boarding School in Dehradun. In 1971-1973 he was in Israel with one of his brothers, living in kibbutz. He began to study electrical engineering, but did not cope with mathematics and after 6 months left school. There, in Israel, he decided to become an artist. He moved to England in 1973, where he has resided ever since. He studied art at Hornsey College of Art and at Chelsea School of Art Design. Anish Kapoor is based in London, often visiting India.

In the early 1980s, Kapoor became known as one of the members of the New British Sculpture group. The works of the sculptor are generally simple, have curved lines, monochrome and brightly colored. Early work was often covered with pigment that covered the work and the floor around it. Anish Kapoor’s work times have a mirror surface that will reflect and distort the viewer and the environment. Since the late 1990s, Kapoor has produced a number of large-scale works, including Taratantara (1999), a 35-meter work installed at Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, England and Marseille (2002), extensive steel work and polyvinyl at the Tate Modern Gallery turbine hall. In 2000, one of Kapoor’s works, Parabolic Water, consisting of rotating colored water, was shown in London. In 2001, the Mirror of the Sky, a large mirror product that reflected the sky and the surrounding space, was installed in Nottingham. In 2004, the Gate of Clouds, a 110-ton steel sculpture, was inaugurated at the Millennium Park in Chicago. In the fall of 2006, another mirror sculpture, also called the Mirror of the Sky, was displayed at the Rockefeller Center in New York.

Solo Exhibitions:


“Anish Kapoor: Painting,” Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK;

“Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall,” Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, UK;

“Into Yourself, Fall,” Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK;

“Anish Kapoor,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA;


“Anish Kapoor: Surge,” Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina;

“Anish Kapoor,” Lisson Gallery, New York, NY;

“Anish Kapoor,” CAFA Art Museum and the Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing, China;

“Anish Kapoor,” Lisson Gallery, London, UK;

“Anish Kapoor,” Fundación CorpArtes, Santiago, Chile;

“Anish Kapoor,” Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, London;


“Anish Kapoor,” Galerie Klüser and Galerie Klüser 2, Munich, Germany;

“Anish Kapoor,” Punkt Ø, Moss, Norway;

“Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments,” Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal;

“Anish Kapoor in BEPPU,” Beppu Park, Oita, Japan;

“Anish Kapoor: Red Shadow,” Galería La Caja Negra, Madrid, Spain;

“Another (M)other,” kamel mennour, Paris, France;


“Anish Kapoor: My Red Homeland,” Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France;

“Anish Kapoor: Destierro,” Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina;

“Anish Kapoor: Descension,” Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY;

“Anish Kapoor,” Lisson Gallery, London, UK;

Group Exhibitions:


“Escape Routes: 2020 Bangkok Art Biennale,” Bangkok, Thailand;

“The Artist-Collector’s Dream (A Nice Thing),” Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy;

“Momentum,” Voorlinden Museum and Gardens, Wassenaar, The Netherlands;


“15 Artists x 15 Years in China,” Galleria Continua, Beijing, China;

“Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now,” The British Museum, London, UK;

“Selections from the Marciano Collection,” Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA;

“Reflections on space and time,” Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil;

“A Time Capsule Continued,” Parkett Exhibition Space, Zurich, Switzerland;


Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY;

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia;

Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand;

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA;

Contemporary Art Society, London, UK;

DePont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands;

Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan;

Fundacio Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal;

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan;

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria, Australia;

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.;

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK;

Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.

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