Symphony for a beloved sun: Anish Kapoor at the Martin-Gropius-Bau
Anish Kapoor in Berlin is currently the most comprehensive exhibition of one of the world’s most important contemporary artists.
For his first major exhibition in Berlin he will use the whole of the ground floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
« Symphony for a beloved sun » can be found in the main atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum four conveyor belts protrude from the floor and walls and rise skywards, carrying red wax. as the wax moves up, it produces a squelching sound and when it is dumping on the linoleum floor in front of a giant red disk it makes a nice splat.
The persevering viewer will find himself observing a perpetually changing wax object. because of its malleability wax lends itself to designing spontaneous ideas for sculptures and has long been used in sculpture for modelling designs, making impressions, and casting moulds. kapoor divests the material of its pallor and places it at the centre of his sculptural idea.
« Symphony for a beloved sun » is a homage to one of Kapoor’s admired artists, Joseph Beuys, who exhibited « in zeitgeist » in the atrium space after the building’s postwar restoration, in 1982.
(Beuys chose to bring with him the entire contents of his studio – from the workbenches to chairs as well as his individual sculptural tools. each of these tools he wrapped in clay – in german : lehm – to form what he termed the « lehmlinge ». In a part of the atrium Beuys constructed a six-meter-high clay mountain, around which gathered the studio furniture and tools.)
A giant mauve object that looks like a deflating balloon sprawls and sags its way across three rooms. A dark pigment circle creates the illusion of a black hole opening up in the floor. And there are lots of mirrors: convex, concave, twisting and a painted “blood mirror.” Some of the works will have been specially designed for this venue.
Set in a grand neoclassical style museum, the show is comprised of 70 different abstract poetic works spanning from 1982 to present.
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The British-based, Mumbai born Turner Prize recipient defies categorization, blurring the lines between painting, sculpture, and architecture. Comprised of large scale public works, installations, and sculpture made of wax, stone, glass, steel, and PVC, the survey displays a generous helping of various themes and expressions examined throughout his career.
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