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Leviathan la Grand Palais


leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

Una dintre cele mai recente creaţii ale lui Anish Kapoor, un sculptor de mare forţă despre care am mai vorbit la Cafe Gradiva, este Leviathanul expus la Grand Palais din Paris, în cadrul expoziţiei Monumenta (11 mai - 23 iunie 2011). Leviathan constă în patru sfere de cauciuc interconectate, înalte de 35 de metri, purpurii şi translucide în interior, prin care poate fi zărită structura palatului.

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

Sculptura este o imersiune totală într-o dimensiune fizică şi mentală neexplorată, spune Anish Kapoor într-un interviu de pe Designboom. Odată ce te afli înăuntru, în giganticul balon cu patru braţe, forma volutelor îţi evocă în acelaşi timp un spaţiu organic exterior şi un self interior; când ieşi din el (şi te întorci în spaţiul Grand Palais-ului), speranţa mea e că privitorul are o nouă întâlnire cu sculptura, în lumina ce pătrunde prin acoperişul de sticlă. [...]

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

Este un singur obiect, o singură formă, o singură culoare. Roşul intens ne aminteşte de culorile pe care le vedem noaptea - instabile şi monocrome; roşul creează mult mai multe umbre întunecate, psihologic şi fizic vorbind, decât negrul sau albastrul. [...]

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

Nu cred că există privitor inocent. Orice privire, orice contemplare aduce cu sine complicaţii, istorii anterioare, un trecut mai mult sau mai puţin real. Îndeosebi arta abstractă şi sculptura implică această idee că privirea înseamnă şi corp şi, bineînţeles, memorie. Memoria şi corpul se reunesc în actul privirii. Sunt foarte interesat de ceea ce dă sens acestui proces: cum memoria şi corpul sunt implicate împreună în orice operă, cum ceva se întâmplă, cum ceva se schimbă.

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

Iată mai jos şi un comunicat de presă al expoziţiei, în care artistul este citat.

MONUMENTA 2011
Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais
Leviathan from 11th May to 23rd June 2011

Each year MONUMENTA invites an internationally-renowned artist to turn their vision to the vast Nave of Paris’ Grand Palais and to create a new artwork especially for this space. MONUMENTA is an artistic interaction on an unparalleled scale, filling 13,500m2 and a height of 35m.

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

The first three MONUMENTA exhibitions were hugely successful, drawing in 150,000 visitors over five weeks. In 2007, the first challenge was met by German artist Anselm Kiefer, who resides in France, followed by American artist Richard Serra in 2008 and French artist Christian Boltanski in 2010.

For its fourth incarnation, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication has invited Anish Kapoor, one of his generation’s greatest artists, to produce a new work for the Nave’s monumental space, from 11th May to 23rd June 2011.

Thirty years after his first exhibition in Paris, MONUMENTA marks Anish Kapoor’s return to the French capital. He is considered as one of the most important sculptors of our time. His work has profoundly enlarged the scope of contemporary sculpture, as much by his mastery of monumental scale as by the colourful sensuality and apparent simplicity emanating from his works. All this contributes to the fascination they hold for the public at large, as demonstrated, for example, by the popular success of Cloud Gate in Chicago.

Born in Bombay in 1954, he has lived in London since the 1970s. His work rapidly gained international recognition and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the famous Turner Prize, which he won in 1991. His career has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions at the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Louvre, the Royal Academy, Tate Modern, etc. Recently, he has been commissioned to design the key landmark for the forthcoming Olympic Games in London: a 116-metre-high sculpture entitled « Orbit ».

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

The artist describes the work he is creating for MONUMENTA as follows:
A single object, a single form, a single colour.
My ambition, 
he adds,
is to create a space within a space that responds to the height and luminosity of the Nave at the Grand Palais. Visitors will be invited to walk inside the work, to immerse themselves in colour, and it will, I hope, be a contemplative and poetic experience.
Designed using the most advanced technologies, the work will not merely speak to us visually, but will lead the visitor on a journey of total sensorial and mental discovery.

A technical, poetic challenge unparalleled in the history of sculpture, this work questions what we think we know about art, our body, our most intimate experiences and our origins.

leviathan anish kapoor psihanaliza

Spectacular and profound, it responds to what the artist considers to be the crux of his work: namely,
To manage, through strictly physical means, to offer a completely new emotional and philosophical experience.
The awe-inspiring strength of Anish Kapoor’s work is a fertile ground that favours the democratization of the access to contemporary art.

Through this series and subsequent exhibitions, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication hopes to appeal to the widest possible audiences.


Foto: Ştefan Tuchilă, image © designboom

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