In recent years, Kapoor also has been invited to present his work in some of the world’s most beautiful formal gardens, including London’s Kensington Gardens and the Palace of Versailles. The gardens and museum of the Serralves Foundation offer a platform of a different history and spatial order in which to encounter the work of the artist.
“Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments”
July 6, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
R. Dom João de Castro 210,Porto,
The ensemble of art deco villa designed by architects Charles Siclis with José Marques da Silva, formal gardens designed by the renowned French landscape architect Jacques Gréber, romantic gardens, fields and farm, and a contemporary museum building, library and auditorium designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, is considered one of the most harmonious ensembles of architecture and landscape in Europe.
Within this privileged context, the exhibition presents a selection of outdoor works that are representative of Kapoor’s sculptural language for which materiality, scale and the relationships to architecture, the landscape, and the viewer are constitutive. The choice and relative siting of sculptures in the Park of Serralves have been carefully considered by the artist so as to create an itinerary through time, space, perception and meaning. The presentation of 56 models of realised and unrealised projects conceived over the past 40 years in the central exhibition space of the Serralves Museum returns us to the intimate scale of the artist’s studio as a space of thinking and experimentation.
Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments is curated by Suzanne Cotter and coordinate and organised by Marta Moreira de Almeida, Deputy Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.