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					       ANISH KAPOOR
               INDIA SHOW
     NOVEMBER 2010




Anish Kapoor’s sculpture - Sky Mirror, Rockefeller Center - New York City
                                Anish Kapoor
                    First Ever Exhibition in India


Ministry of Culture, Government of India and National Gallery of Modern Art
India, British Council and Lisson Gallery, In association with Louis Vuitton are
pleased to present an exhibition of works by world renowned artist Anish Kapoor in
Delhi and Mumbai in November 2010.

Kapoor’s unique style and Indian heritage have combined to make him one of the
most engaging and distinctive artists in the world and the exhibition will be the first
ever showcase of his work in the country of his birth. The exhibition will be organised
over two sites in New Delhi and Mumbai and is the largest and most ambitious
exhibition project ever to be developed on Kapoor’s work.

It will feature a selection of sculptures and installations which span the breadth of the
artist’s career, from his early pigment-based sculptures of the 1980s right through to
his most recent wax installations.

The exhibitions will be displayed in two venues: the newly renovated NGMA, New
Delhi (Anish Kapoor show will be the first major exhibition to be held in the gallery’s
newly constructed Exhibition Hall); and the Mehboob film studios, Bandra, Mumbai.
Each exhibition will focus on a different strand of Kapoor’s practice, with each show
complementing the other to form an overall picture of the diversity and energy within
his oeuvre. Both exhibitions will feature works which were included in the recent,
record-breaking exhibition of Kapoor’s work at the Royal Academy, London, which
attracted over 275,000 visitors in less than three months.

Anish Kapoor has been based in London since 1973, when he left India to pursue his
art education in London, firstly at the Hornsey College of Art (1973-77) and then at
Chelsea School of Art (1977-78). Kapoor quickly gained recognition as an artist with
a unique style and character, and his use of new and unusual materials (such as the
brightly coloured pigments which he began using following a visit to India in 1979),
coupled with a new, non-Western visual language helped to situate him as one of the
most vibrant and unique sculptors working in the UK. By 1985, only seven years
after graduating from Chelsea College of Art, Kapoor had produced solo shows for
major galleries in Paris, London, Rotterdam, Liverpool, Lyon, New York and Basel
and his notoriety on the world stage continued to expand. In 1990, Kapoor was
awarded the prestigious Turner Prize and in 1991, he was selected to represent
Britain at the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Premio Duemila prize for



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the best exhibition. His latest commission is to design the spectacular new public
attraction in the Olympic Park.

The Anish Kapoor exhibitions will coincide with the India Art Summit, which runs
from 20-23 January 2011, and attracts approximately 40,000 visitors annually.




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                           British Council India


The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for educational
opportunities and cultural relations. Its purpose is to build mutually beneficial
relationships between people in the UK and other countries and to increase
appreciation of the UK's creative ideas and achievements.

The British Council was invited by India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru to open its first centre. In more than 60 years since then the British Council
has worked closely with Indian institutions and partners to deliver a mutually
beneficial programme and projects for Indian audiences. Its shared history allows it
a measure of trust and confidence in the relationship and this was further
strengthened during the visit of the British Prime Minister David Cameron in July
2010. One of the key outcomes of that visit was to sign the first ever cultural
agreement between the UK and India.

The new cultural agreement between Britain and India will lead to closer co-
operation on culture, media and sport. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
was signed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy
Hunt and Jawhar Sircar from the Indian Ministry of Culture, in the presence of Prime
Minister David Cameron and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The signing of the MoU in Delhi will give a boost to cultural exchanges between the
UK and India and will lead to an extensive programme of activity in both countries
over the next five years.

Among the commitments laid out in the MoU are:

- To develop an active programme of cultural exchanges in each country;
- To facilitate exchanges of exhibitions and reciprocal visits;
- To collaborate on skills sharing, digitizing missing parts in libraries and archives to
bring together collections;
- To facilitate exchange of best practice within media, broadcasting and information
services; and
- To encourage contacts between sporting organisations of both countries and the
co-operation and exchanges in the hosting of major international sporting events.




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                               Anish Kapoor


Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954 and left India in 1973 when he studied at
Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art Design. He is widely regarded as
one of the world’s most distinguished and significant contemporary artists. has lived
in London since the early 70’s.

One of the world's most distinguished contemporary artists, Turner Prize winning
Anish Kapoor studied in London, where he is now based. He is well known for his
use of rich pigment and imposing, yet popular works, such as the vast, fleshy and
trumpet-like Marsyas, which filled the Tate's Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever
Series, the giant reflecting, pod like sculpture Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium
Park and his recent record breaking show at the Royal Academy, the most
successful exhibition ever presented by a contemporary artist in London.

Over the past twenty years he has exhibited extensively in London and all over the
world. His solo shows have included venues such as Kunsthalle Basel, Tate Gallery
and Hayward Gallery in London, Reina Sofia in Madrid, CAPC in Bordeaux and most
recently Haus der Kunst in Munich. He has also participated internationally in many
group shows including the Whitechapel Art Gallery, The Royal Academy and
Serpentine Gallery in London, Documenta IX in Kassel, Moderna Museet in
Stockholm and Jeu de Paume and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Anish Kapoor was awarded the ‘Premio Duemila’ at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the
Turner Prize Award in 1991 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the London
Institute in 1997 and a CBE in 2003. He is represented by the Lisson Gallery,
London, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York and Galleria Continua and Galleria
Massimo Minini, Italy.

1954         Born, Bombay, India

1977-78      Chelsea School of Art, London

1990         Awarded ‘Premio Duemila’ at the Venice Biennale

1991         Turner Prize Award

1997         Awarded Honorary Doctorate at the London Institute

2001         Awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Royal Institute of British
             Architecture

2003         Awarded CBE.

2010         Commissioned to Design Iconic Visitor Attraction At Olympic Park


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 Anish Kapoor’s latest commission is to design the spectacular new public attraction
for London 2012 Olympic Park entitled ‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit’. The Mayor of
London Boris Johnson and the Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell agreed the
commission in partnership with steel magnate Mr. Lakshmi Mittal. The breathtaking
sculpture that will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty – thought to be the tallest
in the UK - will consist of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel.

                          Anish Kapoor Works


Cloud Gate, 2004




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Shooting Into the Corner, 2008-9 – base frame, barrel, air receivers,
compressor and air lines, projectiles




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Tall Tree & The Eye, 2009 – Stainless steel over carbon




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Here for Alba, 2008 - Fibreglass and paint




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‘The ArcelorMittal Orbit’ – London 2012 Olympic Park




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