About the Exhibition
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See the first major exhibition in Australia by celebrated artist Anish Kapoor this summer as part of the Sydney International Art Series.
Kapoor has created some of the world’s most ambitious and recognisable contemporary artworks, including, Orbit (2012), a 115-metre-high tower created for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Leviathan (2011) for the Grand Palais in Paris, Cloud Gate (2004) in Millennium Park, Chicago, Sky Mirror (2006) for the Rockefeller Centre in New York and Marsyas (2002) for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
In this selection of key works across two floors of the Museum, you can encounter Kapoor’s powerful artworks up close and in-depth. Highlights include 1000 Names (1979-80), his early powdered pigment geometric sculptures; Void (1989), a large deep blue sculpture that changes from a convex to a concave form depending on your position; one of the artist’s most ambitious works, the 24-ton Memory (2008) which completely fills one of the MCA’s spacious galleries as if squeezed between the white walls; and the monumental My Red Homeland (2003), which replicates the role of the artist. In this enormous circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of red wax, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping it into new forms.
Influenced by both his Indian heritage and western philosophy, in particular metaphysics, Kapoor’s artworks seek to understand what it is to be human. Explore Kapoor’s interest in the relationship between the contrasting forces of light and dark and see how he uses colour, form, size and medium to challenge perception, developing immersive and sometimes unsettling experiences.
Discover how Kapoor’s continual experimentation with structure and medium has led him to work with a wide variety of materials from clay, fibreglass and paint pigment, to steel and wax, creating beautiful, strange and intriguing works that counter conventional ideas of art.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these impressive works by one of the world’s leading artists, in Sydney for a limited time.
Take home a lasting memory of your visit
Phaidon’s Anish Kapoor, a beautiful hard-cover volume featuring hundreds of full-colour images, is available at a 10% discount when you purchase online in advance with your exhibition ticket.
MCA Members enjoy unlimited free entry to all MCA exhibitions as well as a host of other benefits. Learn more about MCA Membership and join today to see Anish Kapoor for free.
Free Exhibition ePublication
To hear from Anish Kapoor and MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, and to see behind-the-scenes in the Kapoor studio, download the free iPad-specific app MCA Publications from the iTunes app store. This app hosts the MCA’s digital publications, beginning with the exhibition catalogue Anish Kapoor.