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Anish Kapoor © Photo: Johnny Shand-Kydd

Burlington House
London W1J0BD
United Kingdom
September 26th, 2009 - December 11th, 2009

Other (outside main areas)
installation, sculpture


The Royal Academy of Arts presents a major
solo exhibition of the internationally
acclaimed artist and 1991 Turner
Prize winner Anish Kapoor.

Kapoor is regarded as one of the most
influential and pioneering sculptors of
his generation and is celebrated for works
which enter into a profound spiritual engagement
with the viewer such as the early pigment sculptures;
1000 Names (1979-80), Marsyas (2002) part of the
Unilever Series at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern,
and Sky Mirror, installed at the Rockefeller
Centre, New York in 2006.

This exhibition surveys Kapoor’s career to date
as well as showcasing new and previously unseen
works. One of the highlights of the exhibition is
the monumental work Svayambh, (a Sanskrit word
which roughly translates as "auto-generated"). The
work has the appearance of a vast mass of wax that
moves almost imperceptibly on sunken rails leaving a
residue in its wake as it traverses the breadth of Burlington
House. This emblematic work reflects Kapoor’s exploration of
sculptural works that actively participate in their own formation.

Another highlight of the exhibition is Shooting into the Corner (2009), which will be displayed in the Large Weston and Small Weston Rooms. A cannon will shoot projectiles of red wax into a corner at regular intervals. Relentlessly repeating this action, the work will evolve over the duration of the exhibition as the build up of wax takes on its own form against the walls and the floor of the galleries. The spectacle surrounding the firing of the cannon and the accumulation of the wax produces a work of extraordinary complexity and drama.

Also included in the exhibition is a group of early pigment pieces, stainless steel reflective sculptures as well as newly created works, including a major new sculpture, which will be sited in the Annenberg Courtyard.