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Anish Kapoor Solo show
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Spain)

16.03 - 12.10.2010

04.06- 15.08.2010


07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

This is the first large-scale solo exhibition in Spain dedicated to the work of Anish Kapoor, one of the most critically-acclaimed and influential artists of his generation. Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, installed throughout the Museum's second floor, the exhibition presents a series of visual and psychological experiences that draw us into the artist's search for a poetic sculptural language. Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, this exhibition includes work from Kapoor's 30-year career from the 1970s to the present.

Pigment Works
The earliest sculptural series on view in the Guggeheim Museum Bilbao are composed of powdered pigment applied to geometric forms that seem to emerge from the Museum's walls and floor.

On the void
Following the early pigment pieces, Kapoor decided to excavate the object. Adam 1988-89) and Untitled (1990) exhibited here, are two key examples of Kapoor's early exploration of the void. The notion that emptiness can make a space more full was a key conceptual discovery for Kapoor.

Yellow (1999)
Yellow is a monumental work in which Kapoor uses color as an instrument to embrace and subvert form. A great gaping belly recedes deep into the yellow wall.

A large Gehry gallery is the venue for an installation of polished stainless steel sculptures that only seem to come to life as real objects when its visitor's active images are reflected on their surfaces.

My Red Homeland (2003)
A vast landscape of red, My Red Homeland, consists of a metal blade driven by a motor which moves almost imperceivably around an open circular container filled with twenty-five tons of blood-red wax, giving the impression of an optical illusion, as though the mass of red wax were moving from the inside to the outside of the installation.

Shooting into the Corner (2009)
The work was first exhibited in Vienna, the city in which Freud established psychoanalysis. Relentless and repetitive, a cannon is fired at twenty-minute intervalls into a corner. The shells of wax will accumulate ain the corner over the course of the exhibition, eventually amassing around thirty tones.

Greyman Cries, Shaman Dies, Billowing Smoke, Beauty Evoked (2008-2009)
The most recent of Kapoor's works, this body of cement sculptures is generated from a new and specifically developed technological process.

Tall Tree & the Eye (2009)
Positioned in front of the Guggeheim Museum Bilbao at the North Pond adjoining the Nervion River, is the luminous work Tall Tree & the Eye. Consisting of almost 80 stainless steel spheres, the work multiplies its surrounding producing reflections thare are fractal.



Anish Kapoor Solo show, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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Exhibition 16 March - 12 October 2010. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 - 48001 Bilbao. Bizkaia, Spain. Tel.: +34 (0)9 44 35 90 00. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 8pm. Daily July and August.