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Anish Kapoor @ Galleria Continua, San Gimignano

Exhibition view 'Descension'. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

Exhibition view ‘Descension’. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

Internationally acclaimed as one of the most significant contemporary artists, Anish Kapoor returns to Italy with Descension, an exhibition project conceived specially for the former cinema and theatre space of Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. The heart of the show is the installation in the stalls area, Descension, from which the exhibition takes its name.

Descension features a series of new sculptures in alabaster, in which Kapoor has carefully carved out a highly refined section. They invite the spectator to reflect upon the concept of the infinite and the mysteries of time buried within their form and substance. One of the most distinctive aspects of Kapoor’s work, especially the ones in stone, is the sense of eternity they convey. Thanks to the translucent qualities of the material the artist manages to reinforce the sense of the transition from painting to sculpture and from painting to aerial dissolution and through to becoming light. The intense red of some of these sculptures, as of other works in the show, is suggestive of something organic.

Descension, the installation realized by Kapoor in the stalls area of the cinema- theatre in San Gimignano, is a formal continuation of Descent into limbo, the work presented in 1992 at documenta IX; in Kassel, in the middle of a cube, a kind of apparently bottomless black hole opened up in the floor, “dragging” the viewer into it. Descension destabilizes, undermines our perception of the earth as a solid element, and confirms Kapoor’s interest in non-objects and self-generated forms. In its state of flux and movement, Descension presents us with a perpetual force, a thrust downwards and towards a totally unknowable interior.


// Riconosciuto a livello mondiale come uno tra i più significativi artisti contemporanei Anish Kapoor torna ad esporre in Italia con la mostra Descension, un progetto espositivo appositamente concepito per gli spazi del cinema teatro di Galleria Continua di San Gimignano. Cuore della mostra è l’installazione posta in platea, Descension, che dà anche il titolo alla personale.

Descension presenta una serie di nuove sculture in alabastro in cui Anish Kapoor scava con cura una sezione ben rifinita. Queste opere invitano lo spettatore a riflettere sul concetto di infinito e sui misteri del tempo sepolti all’interno della loro forma e sostanza. Uno degli aspetti più particolari del lavoro di Kapoor, ed in particolare delle opere in pietra, è un senso di eternità. Grazie alle qualità traslucide del materiale l’artista riesce a rafforzare il senso del passaggio dalla pittura alla scultura e dalla pittura alla dissoluzione aerea fino a diventare luce. Il rosso intenso di alcune di queste sculture, così come di altre opere in mostra, richiama l’elemento organico.

“Descension”, l’installazione che Kapoor realizza nella platea del cinema teatro di San Gimignano prosegue formalmente “Descent into Limbo” l’opera presentata nel 1992 in occasione di documenta IX; a Kassel nel mezzo di un cubo, una specie di buco nero apparentemente senza fondo si apriva nel pavimento ‘trascinando’ lo spettatore al suo interno. “Descension” destabilizza, mette in crisi la nostra percezione della terra come elemento solido, conferma l’interesse di Kapoor per i non-oggetti e per le forme auto- generate. Nel suo stato di flusso e movimento, “Descension” ci mette di fronte a una forza perpetua, a una spinta verso il basso e verso un interno totalmente inconoscibile.

All pics © Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO.

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Untitled, 1993-2015. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Descension, 2015. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Views of the exhibition. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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The new sculptures in alabaster. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

 

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Monochrome (Silver / Oriental Blue), 2015.
 Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Monochrome (Black / Cobalt Blue), 2015. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Untitled, 2015. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Untitled, 2015
. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Turning Water into Mirror, Blood into Sky, 2014. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Untitled, 2014
. ph. Dave Morgan. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

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Endless Column, 1992. Courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins

Anish Kapoor // Descension

May 2 – September 9, 2015
GALLERIA CONTINUA
Via del Castello 11
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
T: +39 05 77 94 31 34
info@galleriacontinua.com
Opening hours
Mon // Sat 10 am – 1 pm || 2 – 7 pm

For further infos please refer to the gallery website.


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