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PinchukArtCentre presents the first comprehensive solo exhibition by Anish Kapoor in Eastern Europe

18 May 2012

A parallel exhibition by Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov will be showcased at PAC-UA space

The PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) presents the first comprehensive solo exhibition by Anish Kapoor in Eastern Europe. The show includes a selection of the artist’s most iconic works together with a new monumental steel work created specially for the PinchukArtCentre. The exhibition located on three floors of the art centre will be open for visitors from May 19 to September 2012.

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in Bombay, he has lived and worked in London since the early 70's. Kapoor sees his work as being engaged with deep-rooted metaphysical polarities; presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place and the solid and the intangible. His fascination with darkness and light is apparent throughout his work; the translucent quality of the resin works, the absorbent nature of the pigment, the radiant glow of alabaster and the fluid reflections of stainless steel and water. Through this interplay between form and light, he aspires to evoke sublime experiences, which address primal physical and psychological states.

Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre: “I am extremely glad and proud that our young museum has the wonderful opportunity to present, with this major summer exhibition, outstanding works by one of the leading artist of our time. Like no other living artist, he has succeeded in creating a balance between the physical presence of the material and the sublime of the void. Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre opens a new brilliant chapter in our history.”

Highlights of the exhibition are:

Between Shit and Architecture (2011), 12 monumental concrete mounds generated by the use of a new and specially developed technological process.

In Kapoor’s installation, Shooting into the Corner (2009), a cannon shoots projectiles of red wax into the corner of the gallery at regular intervals, relentlessly repeating this action. This is perhaps the most dramatic work of the exhibition, where the form of the work evolves continually through the accumulation of the wax, spreading across the walls and floor of the gallery.

The raw materials and seemingly random forms of the concrete works become a counterpoint to the perfect surface of the mirror works which dominate one floor of the PinchukArtCentre. The reflective surface distorts the space and constructs a dynamic interaction between the work, the architecture and the viewer.

While concrete, steel and wax forms are at the heart of the exhibition, a selection of 26 architectural models give a different view of Kapoor as an artist who is deeply interested in the public realm. They offer a unique insight into this area of his work and the artist’s approach to space on an architectural scale.

The focal point of this exhibition is commissioned new monumental steel, creating Kapoor’s central idea the simultaneity of inside and outside of a sculpture.

Along with the Kapoor’s show, the PinchukArtCentre presents the 6th PAC-UA show featuring Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov Blanket, Garden, Tower, Cross, Fate. The exhibition is open on the 5th floor from May 19 to June 17, 2012.   

Makov’s solo exhibition brings together his strategy of collecting and repeating, his interest in the memory, and fascination with gardens. It becomes a show about identity and belief which is captured in little figures, forms, and structures of the unique prints representing a cross, garden, tower, and fingerprints.

Also, PinchukArtCentre presents Collection Platform 3: Forever Now show, a comprehensive selection of nine artists, highlighting central work groups presented in a space devoted to each artist. The exhibition is located on the 5th floor of the art centre.

The show represents a dynamic combination of leading artists of today including Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Boris Mikhailov, Takashi Murakami, together with the representatives of new generation: the winner of the first edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize Artem Volokytin and the winner of the Future Generation Art Prize Cinthia Marcelle.

For more details on exhibitions, please see the files attached.

Photos of the art objects and exhibition can be found at in the Photo and Video section. The photo gallery is regularly updated.

Additionally, a brochure with information about the shows, artists and educational program is available on the website.

For additional information, please contact the PinchukArtCentre Press Office:

Tel: +380 44 494 11 48
E-mail: [email protected]