Anish Kapoor to Invade Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art

Anish Kapoor to Invade Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art
"My Red Homeland" 2003 by Anish Kapoor (installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003) wax and oil-based paint, steel arm, motor
(Image courtesy and © the artist Photograph: Nic Tenwiggenhorn)

Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will play host to the first major exhibition in Australia of Mumbai-born, London-based artist Anish Kapoor from the 20th of December 2012 to the 1st of April 2013.

 “I am delighted that the MCA will be presenting the first major exhibition of my work in Australia. The show includes a wide range of work including examples of my more recent sculpture which I hope will be of interest to new audiences,” said Kapoor regarding the exhibition.


Part of the Sydney International Art Series, the exhibition will be held over two levels of the MCA and will feature key works from the beginning of Kapoor’s stellar career right through to the present day.

Highlights of the exhibition include 1000 Names (1979-80), his early powdered pigment geometric sculptures; Void (1989), a large deep blue sculpture that changes from a convex to a concave form depending on your position; and the monumental My Red Homeland (2003), which replicates the role of the artist.

One of the major drawcards will be the 24-ton Memory (2008), one of the artist’s most ambitious works, which completely fills one of the MCA’s spacious galleries as if squeezed between the white walls.

Although able to be experienced from several angles including through a window that looks into the cavernous space, viewers are restricted from experiencing the rust-coloured bulbous structure as a whole work from a single point.  By limiting viewers to experiencing Memory (2008) in segments, Kapoor challenges the public to imagine the object in its entirety by piecing together memories of the work from different locations.

“An exhibition of the work of Anish Kapoor is long overdue in Australia and we are so pleased that Anish accepted our invitation to make a major exhibition for the MCA. An exhibition that includes some of his most ambitious gallery-based works as well as the earlier pigment works that are so distinctive will undoubtedly resonate with a broad audience,” commented MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE.

For more information on the exhibition visit the MCA website