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Anish Kapoor’s ‘Untrue/Unreal’ Dissolves Dichotomies Through Sculptural Interventions at Palazzo Strozzi — Colossal


#Anish Kapoor #installation #sculpture #sitespecific

October 12, 2023

Grace Ebert

“Svayambhu” (2007), wax and oil-based paint. All images © Anish Kapoor, courtesy of Palazzo Strozzi, shared with permission

fake unreal exemplifies the questions that Indian-British artist Anish Kapoor (previously) has grappled with throughout his career, particularly those surrounding space and perception. The exhibition, now on view at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, encompasses new and previously shown works that offer insight into the pillars and evolution of the artist’s decades-long practice, along with his deep interest in materiality.

Opening the show is “Void Pavilion IV,” an elegant white cubic structure located within the Renaissance courtyard. Viewers are invited to walk through the stark, geometric form, which functions as a void, immersing them in a calm, meditative space before venturing into the galleries. Inside are several of Kapoor’s earlier works, including the well-known “Svayambhu”. Sliding between two spaces and leaving shadowy lumps in its wake, the enormous red wax brick explores how architecture shapes materials and the relationship between matter and void. Other works include the primary-colored sculptures of “To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red” and “Angel,” which explore the tension between the earthly and the unearthly, along with “Newborn,” a mirrored sphere that evokes the iconic “Cloud Gate” by the artist. ”In downtown Chicago.

Dualities of all kinds (geometric and biomorphic, transience and permanence, concave and convex) characterize Kapoor’s work and emerge in the title of the exhibition. Considering how the boundaries between two distinct objects or concepts dissolve, Kapoor explains about fake unreal:

In this era when ultranationalism takes over the world, political fiction pretends to be real and is blind to history. The real/unreal-true/false game is a trope of our times… I dare say that we have lost touch with human reality and that of our comrades, one hundred million of whom wander the world as refugees. All this within the framework of the blind indoctrination of ultranationalists. False, unreal today. The role of the artist, in my opinion, is to look towards the unknown or the half-known. I have nothing to say. My truth is trusting in what I don’t know or half know, in this the False/Unreal is a guide.

fake unreal will be available until February 4, 2024. Find more of Kapoor’s work on Instagram.

an elegant white cube structure stands within a renaissance courtyard

“Void Pavilion VII” (2023)

A huge brick of red wax appears to slide through a door.

“Svayambhu” (2007), wax and oil-based paint

a huge brick of red wax breaks through a door

Detail of “Svayambhu” (2007), wax and oil-based painting.

a large mirrored spherical sculpture rests on a pedestal with a shield reflected in the background

“Newborn” (2019), stainless steel, 300 x 300 x 300 centimeters

a woman walks through a gallery with large bright blue stone sculptures on the floor

“Angel” (1990), slate and pigment

geometric shapes in yellow and red rest on the floor of a wooden gallery

“To reflect an intimate part of the red” (1981), mixed technique and pigment

a large bright red column stretches from the floor to the ceiling

“Endless Column” (1992), mixed technique

#Anish Kapoor #installation #sculpture #sitespecific

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