One of the most highly-awaited events of the season is the first personal exhibition in China of Anish Kapoor, an unforgettable occasion to explore, through the most famed and significant works of the artist, the entire career of one of the most important contemporary sculptors. However, the Beijing exhibition also offers some special additional value. The art of Kapoor, in fact, is called upon here to dialogue with two quite differing structures, yet equally prestigious. The first is the contemporary architecture designed by Pritzker Prize winner Arata Isozaki for the Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA); the second, even more exclusive, is the Taimiao Museum of the Imperial Ancestral Temple, along the wall of the Forbidden City. Moving installations capable of regenerating themselves, biomorphic structures to move through and models of projects of public art created by Kapoor around the world, will greet the public in the curvy spaces of the CAFA Museum. The historic architecture of the Imperial Temple, six-hundred years old, will be site to a game of mirrors thanks to large steel installations, as stunning to see as the wildly colourful sculpture series on display in the side galleries.
The major transmutation of a decorative material into a seductive status symbol in the hands of the Swiss artist