Anish Kapoor for the first time in Turkey
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Turner Prize Winner and one of the world’s most renowned contemporary sculptors Anish Kapoor will have his first major exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) in Istanbul opening on 10 September 2013.
As SSM Director Nazan Ölçer says, Kapoor is “a profound and multidimensional artist.” He is particularly influenced by the concept of “voidness” and draws a lot of inspiration from literature and philosophy, referring to Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer while speaking about his work. Kapoor is also a painter but he doesn't like to talk about it and says he doesn't have any plans on showcasing his paintings.
Curator Norman Rosenthal states regarding the upcoming show at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum: “İstanbul is a city that is home to some very significant samples of Roman and Ottoman stone architecture. So in the İstanbul show, we'll also display Kapoor's stone sculptures that have never been exhibited before.”
The exhibition will include pieces never seen before, some of them weighing tons. Created by the artist who is regarded as having redefined abstract sculpture, Kapoor’s art brings together sculpture, architecture, engineering and technology. In parallel to the exhibition, SSM will be organizing conferences, workshops and various events to discuss the future of contemporary art and to study the leading artists of today. The exhibition is sponsored by Akbank, on the occasion of their 65th anniversary.