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Anish Kapoor in Versailles: the artist is preparing a palace coup?

Kapoor was invited to participate in an exclusive exhibition at Versailles in 2015. The event promises to be grand, because in the list of sculptors - the legends of modern art.

Who is that?

Anish Kapoor is a British sculptor of Indian origin who moved to London at the age of 18. This is one of the most influential sculptors of our time, known for the work of simple forms and deep meaning.
  • New Zealand. Kapoor's work is set up in a private sculpture park of the country's richest businessman, Alan Gibbs.
  • London Olympic Park. Anish Kapoor ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower.
Anish is a member of the New British Sculpture group, dating back to the 1980s, and the winner of the Turner Prize in 1991 (1991), one of the most prestigious art awards in the world.

Mirrors everywhere

Kapoor exhibitions are held around the world. Among the rank and file viewers, he became famous for his work installed in central squares and in parks of touristy cities.
Kapoor’s business card is the mirror sculptures that have been to New York, London, Kiev, Berlin and many other cities. The largest of them, Cloud Gate (“Cloud Gate”), stands in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Locals call it simply - The Bean (Fasolin). Under Fasolina appoint meetings, excursions and first dates. Anish Kapoor was elected to the team of sculptors who will present their works in the stunning halls and courtyard of Versailles during the coming 2015.

Versailles in 2015 will be different: when to wait?

Kapoor’s sculptures will be exhibited at Versailles from June to October 2015, following the work of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Portuguese painters Joana Vasconcelos, and French master Xavier Weihan.

The installation “Leviathan” by Anish Kapoor was presented in 2011 in Paris Under the glass dome of the Grand Palace. This is a huge inflatable structure made of thick rubberized textiles, shaped like a temple.

Why Kapoor?

As acknowledged by Catherine Pegard, director of the Versailles Palace (Catherine Pégard), The New York Times magazine, “it’s not easy to choose an artist for Versailles. This is not a museum, not a gallery, and not an exhibition space. This is a completely different site. Kapoor was chosen because he has something to say in this case. ”

Anything has happened ...

In 2011, Anish Kapoor canceled his exhibition at the National Museum of China in protest against the arrest of Ai Weiwei, whom the PRC authorities accused of tax evasion. At the time of the protest, Ai Weiwei was detained for two months. Everyone understood that the real reason for the arrest was political.
In addition, at the opening of "Leviathan" Kapur criticized the Chinese authorities and said that he was opening a sculpture composition in honor of Ai Weiwei. Such is the artist’s solidarity. The current show in France, Versailles, can also become not just an exhibition - in the light of everything that is happening in this country lately.