Turning the World Inside Out

Anish Kapoor (1954 - )

Stainless steel sculpture


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© The Artist. Photograph courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

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  • About the work
    Country: Germany
    City: Berlin
    Place: British Embassy

    'Turning the World Inside Out' is one in a series of works made in stainless steel by Anish Kapoor, which explore the ambiguities and complexities of space. The sculpture has an active relationship to the space it inhabits - the curved surface reflects and yet seems to absorb its surroundings, distorting them almost like a fairground hall of mirrors. The indentation in the top of the sculpture manipulates our concept of space further - when you look inside it is difficult to see how deep it is and whether it is solid or hollow, full or empty. In making us aware of our own relationship with the sculpture, Kapoor shows an interest in the sublime; namely the emotional sensation of awe or dislocation experienced when confronting the vastness of the world and its incomprehensible, superior forces. Anish Kapoor was born in India and is a sculptor of international acclaim. He was British representative at the Venice Biennale in 1990, and in 1991 he won the Tate's Turner Prize.

  • About the artist
    Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay in 1954 and has lived in London since the early 1970s. He studied at Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art and Design. In 1990 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and in 1991 he won the Turner Prize. His works have been exhibited widely on an international scale and are in numerous public collections. Kapoor had a large solo show at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1998 and in 2003, his work Marsyas was installed at Tate Modern in London, where it spanned the entire length of the Turbine Hall. For the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Kapoor has designed a monumental spiral sculpture which will feature as a major landmark in the Olympic Park.
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    Turning the World Inside Out
    Stainless steel sculpture
    height: 148.00 cm, width: 184.00 cm, depth: 188.00 cm
    Purchased from Lisson Gallery, March 1998
    The artist; purchased from the Lisson Gallery 1998.
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