Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in 1954 in Bombay, he has lived in London since the early 1970s. Over the past thirty years he has exhibited extensively with solo shows at venues including Kunsthalle Basel, Tate, Hayward Gallery, Reina Sofia in Madrid, CAPC in Bordeaux, Haus der Kunst, Munich, MAK, Vienna and Deutsche Guggenheim . In 2009 he was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 2010 saw the opening of his first solo exhibition in India at NGMA, Delhi and Mehboob Studios, Mumbai, followed by major large scale installations at Fabricca del Vappore, Milan and Grand Palais, Paris.

He has participated in many group shows internationally including those at Whitechapel Art Gallery, Serpentine Gallery in London, Documenta IX in Kassel, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Jeu de Paume and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He represented Britain at the Paris Biennale in 1982 and at the Venice Biennale in 1990, where he was awarded the ‘Premio Duemila’.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and received the prestigious Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2002. In 2011 Kapoor was selected to exhibit for Monumenta, a series of commissions at the Grand Palais, organised by the French Ministry for Culture and Communication.

Major permanent commissions include Cloud Gate (2004) for the Millennium Park in Chicago, Dismemberment Site I for the sculpture park The Farm, Kaipara Bay, New Zealand and Temenos in Middlesbrough, unveiled in 2010, as the first of a series of large scale works for Tees Valley. In 2012 Orbit, a 115m high tower in the Olympic park was completed and unveiled.

He was awarded Honorary Fellowships by the London Institute and Leeds University (1997), University of Wolverhampton (1999) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (2001). He was elected Royal Academician in 1999 and in 2003 was awarded a CBE . In 2009 he acted as Guest Artistic Director of the Brighton Festival, and in 2011 was awarded the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and the Premium Imperiale. In 2012 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

Anish Kapoor is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London; Gladstone Gallery, NewYork; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Kukje Gallery, Seoul, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo; Galleria Continua and Galleria Massimo Minini, Italy and Kamel Mennour, Paris.

Selected Biography

1954
Born in Bombay, India


1973-77
Hornsey College of Art, London


1977-78
Chelsea School of Art, London


1979
Taught at Wolverhampton Polytechnic


1982
Artist in Residence - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


1990
Awarded ‘Premio Duemila’ at the Venice Biennale


1991
Turner Prize Award


2003
Awarded a CBE


2005
Recipient of the Louise T. Blouin Foundation Award


2011
Awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters

Awarded Praemium Imperiale


2012
Awarded Padma Bhushan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
Kapoor in Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin


2012
Anish Kapoor, Museum of Contemporary Art Austraila

Anish Kapoor, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg

Anish Kapoor, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv

Anish Kapoor, Gladstone Gallery, New York


2011
Anish Kapoor, Rotonda della Besana, Milan,

Dirty Corner,Fabricca del Vappore, Milan,

Leviathan, Monumenta 2011 / Anish Kapoor, Grand Palais, Paris

Between Shit and Architecture, Galerie Karmel Mennour, Chapelle des Petits Augustins Beaux-Arts de Paris

Flashback, Manchester Art Gallery; Sculpture Court (travelled to Edinburgh College of Art; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery; Longside Gallery Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2012)

Ascension, Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice


2010
Anish Kapoor, Delhi Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art and Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

Anish Kapoor: Turning the World Upside Down; Kensington Gardens, The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery, London

Anish Kapoor, Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao

Anish Kapoor, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough


2009
Anish Kapoor: Shooting into the Corner, MAK, Vienna

Anish Kapoor, Royal Academy, London

Dismemberment, Site I, The Farm, Kaipara Bay, New Zealand

Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Place/No Place: Anish Kapoor in Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects, London

Anish Kapoor: Memory, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (travelled to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)


2007
Anish Kapoor – Svayambh, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes

Anish Kapoor, Haus der Kunst, Munich


2006
Anish Kapoor: Ascension, Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (travelled to Brasilia and Sao Paulo)

Anish Kapoor: Sky Mirror, Rockefeller Center, New York


2004
Whiteout, Gladstone Gallery, New York

Melancholia, MAC Grand Hornu, Belgium


2003
My Red Homeland, Kunsthaus, Bregenz

Anish Kapoor, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples


2002/03
The Unilever Series: Anish Kapoor, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London


2001
Barbara Gladstone, New York


2000
Blood, Lisson Gallery, London


1998
Anish Kapoor, Hayward Gallery, London

Her Blood, La Chapelle de la Salpetriere, Paris


1996/97
Anish Kapoor, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne


1995
Anish Kapoor, DePont Foundation, Tilburg (travelled to Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo)


1993
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv


1990/91
Anish Kapoor. Drawings, Tate Gallery, London


1990
Anish Kapoor, XLIV Biennale di Venezia, British Pavilion, Venice


1985
Kunsthalle, Basel (travelled to Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven)


1984
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York


1983
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (travelled to Le Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne, Lyon)

Lisson Gallery, London

Patrice Alexandre, Paris

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2013
Symphony for a Beloved Sun, Exhibition catalogue. Texts by Norman Rosenthal, Horst Bredekamp, Barabara Segelken. Koenig Books


2012
Anish Kapoor / Objects, Exhibition catalogue. Texts by Tae Hyunsun, Lee Ufan, Joan Kee and Homi K. Bhabha


2011
Flashback, Exhibition catalogue. Texts by Michael Bracewell and Andrew Renton . Hayward Publishing,

I Have Nothing to Say. Interviews with Anish Kapoor. Richard Leydier, (Ed.). RMN Grandpalais,

Leviathan. Exhibition catalogue;.Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris. RMN Grandpalais,

Dirty Corner. Text by Demetrio Paparoni and Gianni Mercurio, Skira


2010
Anish Kapoor, Turning the World Upside Down. Exhibition catalogue. Texts by Marcus du Sautoy, Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Anish Kapoor, Darian Leader and Stephanie Dieckvoss. The Royal Parks, Serpentine Gallery and Koenig Books,

Anish Kapoor: Delhi, Mumbai. Exhibition Catalogue. Texts by Homi Bhaba,, Greg Hilty, Andrea Rose, Anish Kapoor and Nancy Adajania . British Council and Lisson Gallery


2009
Anish Kapoor, texts by David Anfam, Johanna Burton, Donna De Salvo, Phaidon Press, London

Anish Kapoor: Shooting into the Corner, exhibition catalogue MAK, Vienna, text by Peter Noever, Hatje Cantz

Anish Kapoor: Memory, exhibition catalogue Deutsche Guggnenheim, Berlin, texts by by Sandhini Poddar, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Guggenheim Museum Publications

Anish Kapoor, exhibition catalogue Royal Academy, London, texts by Homi K. Bhabha and Jean de Loisy, Royal Academy of Arts, London


2008
Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future, edited by Nicholas Baume et al., exhibition catalogue Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, The MIT Press, Boston

Anish Kapoor: To Darkness: Svayambh, exhibition catalogue Haus der Kunst, Munich, texts by Rainer Crone and Alexandra von Stosch, Prestel, Munich


2005
Lewison, Jeremy and Laurent Busine, Anish Kapoor: Drawings, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne


2004
Anish Kapoor, Francis Alys, Isa Genzken, Parkett (Issue no.69), texts by Norman Bryson, Marina Warner, Kurt Forster

Anish Kapoor, Whiteout, text by Anthony Vidler, exhibition catalogue Barbara Gladstone Gallery and Charta, Milan

Anish Kapoor, Melancholia, exhibition catalogue MAC Grand-Hornu, texts by Laurent Busine and Denis Gielen


2003
Anish Kapoor, exhibition catalogue Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Napoli, texts by Eduardo Cicelyn and Mario Codognato, Electa Napoli

Anish Kapoor: My Red Homeland, exhibition catalogue Kunsthaus Bregenz, texts by Eckhard Schneider, Thomas Zaunschirn and Yehuda E Safran, Kunsthaus Bregenz and Lisson Gallery


2002
Anish Kapoor: Marsyas, exhibition catalogue Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, texts by Donna de Salvo and Cecil Balmond, Tate Publishing


1999
Anish Kapoor: Taratantara, exhibition catalogue BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and ACTAR, Barcelona


1998
Anish Kapoor, exhibition catalogue Hayward Gallery, texts by Homi Bhabha and Pier Luigi Tazzi, Hayward Gallery, London and University of California Press, Berkeley


1995
Anish Kapoor, exhibition catalogue De Pont Foundation, Tilburg

Celant, Germano, Anish Kapoor, Charta, Milan


1991
Anish Kapoor. Exhibition catalogue Kunstverein Hannover and British Council, London

The Turner Prize 1991, exhibition catalogue Tate Gallery, London text by Sean Rainbird


1990
Anish Kapoor. British Pavilion, XLIV Venice Biennale, exhibition catalogue, texts by Thomas McEvilley and Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton

Anish Kapoor. Drawings, exhibition catalogue Tate Gallery, London text by Jeremy Lewison


1985
Anish Kapoor, exhibition catalogue Kunsthalle, Basel, texts by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Alexander von Grevenstein and Ananda

PUBLIC COMISSIONS

Future Entrance to subway station, Naples. Collaboration with Future Systems. (Under construction)


2012
Orbit, commission for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In collaboration


2011
Leviathan, Grande Palais, Paris, Monumenta commission.


2010
Temenos, Middlesborough. First of the five Tees Valley Giants sculptures, public art works commissioned as part of Tees Valley Regeneration (TVR), North Shore and Stockton, Tees Valley, England with Cecil Balmond.

Turning the World Upside Down, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Turning the World Upside Down, Royal Parks, Serpentine Gallery


2009
Guest Artistic Director of Brighton Festival

Earth Cinema, Arte Pollini, Basilicata, Italy


2007
Untitled, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia


2006
Sky Mirror, Rockefeller Center, New York


2004
Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

L’Origine du Monde , 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


2003
British Memorial Garden, New York. (Uncomplete)


2002
Marsyas, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, as part of The Unilever Series


2001
Sky Mirror, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England


2000
Taratantara, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England


1998
Ministère de la Justice, France, for new Bordeaux Courts Building designed by Richard Rogers partnership.


1995
Mountain, Toronto, Canada


1994
Mountain, Tachikawa Art Project, outside Tokyo

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Grace, 2004

Marble

291 x 170 x 150 cm

Double, 2006

Granite

300 x 170 x 52 cm

Imminence, 2000

Onyx

180 x 167 x 88 cm

Yellow, 1999

Fibreglass and pigment

600 x 600 x 300 cm

My Body Your Body, 1993

Fibreglass and pigment

248 x 103 x 205 cm

Leviathan

PVC

33.6 x 99.89 x 72.23 m

Orbit, 2012

Steel

Height: 115 metres

Svayambh, 2007

Wax and oil-based paint

Dimensions variable

White Sand, Red Millet,

Many Flowers, 1982

Mixed media and pigment

101 x 241.5 x 217.4 cm