Highlight of the Anish Kapoor's solo exhibition is 'Between Shit and Architecture (2011)', 12 monumental concrete mounds generated by the use of a new and specially developed technological process. Pavlo Makov's solo exhibition brings together his strategy of collecting and repeating, his interest in the memory, and fascination with gardens. Collection Platform 3: Forever Now features a selection of nine artists: Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Boris Mikhailov, Takashi Murakami, Artem Volokytin and Cinthia Marcelle.
19 May 2012 - 30 September 2012
The PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) presents the first comprehensive solo exhibition by Anish Kapoor in Eastern Europe. The show includes a selection of the artist’s most iconic works together with a new monumental steel work created specially for the PinchukArtCentre.
Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Born in Bombay, he has lived and worked in London since the early 70's. Kapoor sees his work as being engaged with deep-rooted metaphysical polarities; presence and absence, being and non-being, place and non-place and the solid and the intangible. His fascination with darkness and light is apparent throughout his work; the translucent quality of the resin works, the absorbent nature of the pigment, the radiant glow of alabaster and the fluid reflections of stainless steel and water. Through this interplay between form and light, he aspires to evoke sublime experiences, which address primal physical and psychological states.
Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre: “I am extremely glad and proud that our young museum has the wonderful opportunity to present, with this major summer exhibition, outstanding works by one of the leading artist of our time. Like no other living artist, he has succeeded in creating a balance between the physical presence of the material and the sublime of the void. Anish Kapoor’s exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre opens a new brilliant chapter in our history.”
Highlights of the exhibition are:
* Between Shit and Architecture (2011), 12 monumental concrete mounds generated by the use of a new and specially developed technological process.
* In Kapoor’s installation, Shooting into the Corner (2009), a cannon shoots projectiles of red wax into the corner of the gallery at regular intervals, relentlessly repeating this action. This is perhaps the most dramatic work of the exhibition, where the form of the work evolves continually through the accumulation of the wax, spreading across the walls and floor of the gallery.
The raw materials and seemingly random forms of the concrete works become a counterpoint to the perfect surface of the mirror works which dominate one floor of the PinchukArtCentre. The reflective surface distorts the space and constructs a dynamic interaction between the work, the architecture and the viewer.
While concrete, steel and wax forms are at the heart of the exhibition, a selection of 26 architectural models give a different view of Kapoor as an artist who is deeply interested in the public realm. They offer a unique insight into this area of his work and the artist’s approach to space on an architectural scale.
The focal point of this exhibition is commissioned new monumental steel, creating Kapoor’s central idea the simultaneity of inside and outside of a sculpture.
The exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre continues an international career which has spanned the last 30 years. As well as numerous solo exhibitions, Kapoor has created major installations for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of the Unilever Series and at the Grand Palais in Paris as part of Monumenta. He has created public sculptures, including Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park and a 10-metre Sky Mirror which was installed at the Rockefeller Center, New York, in 2006 and at Kensington Gardens in London in 2010. Also in 2010 Temenos was unveiled in Middlesbrough, the first of a series of large-scale works for Tees Valley. His monumental work Orbit will be inaugurated at the Olympic Games in London in May 2012.
Anish Kapoor studied at the Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art. He quickly gained international attention and acclaim, representing Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1990, where he was awarded the Premio Duemila, and winning the Turner Prize in the following year. These successes launched his career and he has since become one of the most influential artists working today. He became a laureate in the field of sculpture of the global arts prize Praemium Imperiale (Japan) in 2011.
Blanket, Garden, Tower, Cross, Fate
Solo Exhibition in the context of РАС-UA
19 May 2012 - 17 June 2012
The PinchukArtCentre presents the 6th PAC-UA show featuring Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov “Blanket, Garden, Tower, Cross, Fate”. Makov’s solo exhibition brings together his strategy of collecting and repeating, his interest in the memory, and fascination with gardens. It becomes a show about identity and belief which is captured in little figures, forms, and structures of the unique prints representing a cross, garden, tower, and fingerprints.
Talking about the project, Pavlo Makov says: “The suggestion of having an exhibition here in a way brought me to a new idea, as I had a few big projects in my mind which I always wanted to realize. One was The Blanket of Memory made of money, one was about small gardens, another was the project with towers, the other one was with crosses and finally the one with a fingerprint. And it struck me that I will never have enough time in my life to make all of them in the size I want, and I started thinking about concentrating them all in one project, bringing them together. They all will belong to one time and to one place, which is fantastic. Five projects in one.”
Bjorn Geldhof, artistic manager of the PinchukArtCentre: “Pavlo Makov represents unique artistic position in Ukrainian art scene, thinking in advanced way about archival idea, about collecting, and how the act of repetition in the printing process creates meaning. Printing for Makov is a form of fragmented writing of his own diary.”
The exhibition is open on the 5th floor from May 19 to June 17, 2012.
PAC-UA is a special programme line to present new produced works of Ukrainian artists embedded in the context of the Collection Platform, aiming to research ongoing artistic processes within the country and support strong and long-term collaboration between the PinchukArtCentre and the artists. With its project, PinchukArtCentre presents a dynamic and flexible program for Ukrainian artists that is showcased on the 5th floor for a period of one month. Since its launch in 2011, the exhibitions by Vasyl Tsagolov, Arsen Savadov, Oleksandr Roytburd, Iliya Chichkan, and Mykola Matsenko were showcased at the PAC-UA.
On May 22, 2012, at 19:00 Pavlo Makov and Olga Balashova, art expert, curator, and media theorist, will lead the PAC-UA Talk dedicated to Blanket, Garden, Tower, Cross, Fate project. The event will take place in the PAC-UA space on the 5th floor of the art centre.
Pavel Makov received his artistic education at the Crimean Art College, Painting Department, Simferopol (1974–1979), Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (1977–1978), Kharkiv Art and Industrial Institute, Graphic Department, Kharkiv (1979–1984). He was awarded the Prix d’honneur, Concours du 3ème Millenaire (Chamalieres), the Golden Book Prize, Scripta Mannet (Tallinn) and others.
To find out more about the artist please visit: www.makov.com.ua
Collection Platform 3: Forever Now
19 May 2012 - January 2013
PinchukArtCentre presents Collection Platform 3: Forever Now show, a comprehensive selection of nine artists, highlighting central work groups presented in a space devoted to each artist. The exhibition is located on the 5th floor of the art centre.
The show represents a dynamic combination of leading artists of today including Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Boris Mikhailov, Takashi Murakami, together with the representatives of new generation: the winner of the first edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize Artem Volokytin and the winner of the Future Generation Art Prize Cinthia Marcelle.
Some highlights of the exhibition are: Pyongyang V by Andreas Gursky that will be exhibited in Ukraine for the first time; Self-Portrait by Jeff Koons from the Celebration series; triptych Nothing Matters / The Empty Chair by Damien Hirst; My Lonesome Cowboy and Hiropon by Takashi Murakami; and From the series Football (2003) by Boris Mikhailov.
Changing twice a year, the collection platform is highlighting leading artists of our time together with upcoming new positions in the exhibition platform. Featuring central Ukrainian artists as part of the Collection Platform, this program allows a new perspective on contemporary art. It is a dynamic model of interaction between the collection and new workgroups with a focus on on their artistic value.
Collection Platform viewing area directly connected to selected works offers the audience a deeper understanding of artists and their works. The idea is to slow down the speed of viewing and, by giving more information, allow the visitors to acquire more knowledge, competence and experience as integral part of the education offensive.
Image: Anish Kapoor, Shooting Into the Corner, 2009, mixed media
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