Anish Kapoor

28 Nov – 27 Feb 2011

The first-ever exhibition of Anish Kapoor in India has opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the Mehboob Film Studios, Mumbai. Each display focuses on a different strand of the artist’s practice and together forms one of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions of the artist’s work ever to be shown.

The exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, opened by Sonia Gandhi, spans the full breadth of his career, from early pigment pieces to recent polished steel works, including a huge outdoor sky mirror. Also included is a full survey of Kapoor's architectural models.

In Mumbai the exhibition is at the Mehboob Film Studios, a Bollywood film studio lot specially hired for the occasion. This exhibition focuses on recent polished steel pieces and mechanical works in red wax, including Shooting into the Corner (2008-09), a continually firing cannon that blasts canisters of red wax onto a wall. This piece and others were most recently seen in the record-breaking exhibition of Kapoor’s work at the Royal Academy, London, which attracted over 275,000 visitors in less than three months and became the most successful exhibition of a living artist ever held in London.

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. He was born in 1954 in Bombay and moved to London in the early 1970s where he has lived and worked ever since. He studied art at Hornsey College of Art (1973-1977) and at Chelsea School of Art (1977-1978). He quickly gained international attention and acclaim for a series of solo exhibitions at museums and galleries across the world. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1990, where he was awarded the ‘Premio Duemila’.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and he received the prestigious Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2002, which he realised with the much-acclaimed work, Marsyas. Among his major permanent commissions is Cloud Gate (2004) for the Millennium Park in Chicago, considered to be the most popular public artwork in the world. He was recently awarded the commission with Cecil Balmond for a permanent artwork for the London 2012 Olympic Park, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

This exhibition has been organised by the British Council in partnership with the National Gallery of Modern Art, India, and the Lisson Gallery, with significant sponsorship from Louis Vuitton and the Tata Group.