Anish Kapoor, Indian Artist, On Exhibition At Palazzo Strozzi From October 2023


The new exhibition of the Indian artist who transcends materiality: Anish Kapoor in Florence.

Starting from October 7, 2023, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is pleased to announce a new major exhibition devised and produced with Anish Kapoor, celebrated artist who has revolutionized the notion of sculpture in contemporary art. Curated by Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the show will feature monumental installations, intimate environments and thought-provoking forms that will forge an original and captivating dialogue with the architecture and audience of Palazzo Strozzi.

Kapoor’s works merge empty and full space, absorbing and reflecting surfaces, geometrical and biomorphic forms. The artist explores space and time, the interior and the exterior, urging us to probe in the first person the limits and potential of our relationship with the world around us and to reflect on perceived dualities such as body and mind, nature and artifice.

One distinguishing feature is how Kapoor’s works of art transcend their materiality. Pigment, stone, steel, wax and silicone, to name only a few of the materials he works with, are manipulated – carved, polished, saturated and formed – to the point of a dissolution of boundaries between the plastic and the immaterial. Colour in Kapoor’s hands is not simply matter and hue. Still, it becomes an immersive phenomenon containing its spatial and illusive volume.

Kapoor has established himself since the 1980s as one of the most important artists in the international arena, shunning categorisation and distinguishing himself by his unique visual language that embraces painting, sculpture and architectural form. His work sparks amazement and uneasiness, destabilizing our perception and creating space and form in which to experience and think both the known and unknown.

Anish Kapoor

Born in Mumbai, India, in 1954, Anish Kapoor has lived and worked in London since studying sculpture at Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea College of Art in the mid-seventies. More recently dividing his time between studios in London and Venice.

His works are permanently exhibited in the most important collections and museums around the world, from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Tate in London; the Prada Foundation in Milan and the Guggenheim Museums in Venice, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi.

Anish Kapoor represented Great Britain at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990, where he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize. In 1991 he won the Turner Prize and has gone on to receive numerous international awards and honours.


Anish Kapoor

To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red, 1981

Mixed media and pigment

Photograph Oliver Santanaue © Anish Kapoor. All rights reserved SIAE, 2023