Anish Kapoor: Svayambh, 2007

Edition 2007

The British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor (born in 1954) creates objects that seem otherworldly: powdered pigment sculptures; monumental installations of various materials, often sprayed with intense yet soft colors. Although material is of central importance in Kapoor's work, it is always associated with the idea of a spirituality that transcends the object's superficial "factuality": according to Kapoor, "material always leads in some way to something immaterial."

For his exhibition, which was on view in late 2007 in Haus der Kunst, Kapoor created a large sculpture that moved on rails through the building's monumental spaces slowly, almost imperceptably. When passing through the doorways from one room to the next, the massive red block, reminiscent of a train, left traces, evoking an almost apocalyptic image. Such images have intense connotations in a building such as Haus der Kunst, with its often loaded history.

Both the sculpture and the edition are called "Svayambh", which is derived from Sanskrit "svayambhu(v)" and means "self-generated" or "born of itself". With the edition, the artist refers to the sculpture created for the exhibition and, thus, the associated creative process.

Anish Kapoor
Svayambh, 2007
Display print, in aluminum electrical light frame
46 x 60 x 3 cm
Signed and numbered
Edition of 80
€ 2.500 (including tax, shipping extra)

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