(+351) 226 156 500
from 06 JUL 2018 to 17 FEB 2019
There are few living artists of our time who have achieved the recognition and the renown of Anish Kapoor (b. Mumbai, 1954). His vast and profound sculptural work has been conceived for and on the scale of bodies, cities and the landscape, and the myriad contexts in which they are located, from the urban scale of metropolitan centres such as London, Naples, New York and Chicago, and the rolling hillsides of England and New Zealand. 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.

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.

Related Activities

Cocktail with DJ set.

Drinks kindly offered by Sogrape.

15 JUL (SUN), 12 PM | by Andreia Coutinho, educator (Portuguese)

21 JUL (SAT), 3:30 PM |  PORTUGUESE SIGN LANGUAGE by Laredo, Cultural Association

15 SEP (SAT), 3:30 PM |  PORTUGUESE SIGN LANGUAGE by Laredo, Cultural Association

30 SEP (SUN), 12 PM | by Raquel Sambade, educator (Portuguese)

14 OCT (SUN), 11 AM | WALK
"Planeta Kapoor: Bilhete de Ida" by Andreia Coutinho, educator
Anish Kapoor é considerado um dos escultores mais influentes a trabalhar nos nossos dias. Nasceu em Mumbai em 1954 e reside e trabalha em Londres. Estudou no Hornsey College of Art (1973–77) seguindo-se estudos pós-graduados na Chelsea School of Art, Londres (1977–78). 

Entre as mais recentes exposições individuais contam-se: Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires (2017); Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACR), Roma (2016); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Cidade do México (2016); Château de Versailles, França (2015);  The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscovo (2015); Sak?p Sabanc? Museum, Istanbul (2013); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlim (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); Leviathan, Grand Palais, Paris (2011); e Royal Academy of Arts, Londres (2009). Entras encomendas de peças para exposição permanente contam-se Cloud Gate (2004) para o Millennium Park em Chicago; Orbit (2012) para o Olympic Park, Londres; Temenos (2010) em Middlesbrough; e Ark Nova (2013), a primeira sala de concerto móvel e insuflável, Japão.

Anish Kapoor representou o Reino Unido na 44ª Bienal de Veneza (1990), com um projeto que lhe valeu o Premio Duemila, e ganhou o Prémio Turner em 1991. Foi eleito para a Royal Academy em 1999, recebeu o Premium Imperiale em 2011 e o Padma Bhushan em 2012. Em 2013 foi nomeado cavaleiro pelos seus serviços em prol das artes e foi laureado em 2017 com o Genesis Prize.

Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments. Serralves, Porto, 2018

Essays by Christopher Bollas, and Suzanne Cotter

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and the Serralves Park (on show from 7 July 2018 to 27 January 2019), this book brings together the largest collection of images from the artist’s studio ever published and installation views of the works exhibited in the Gardens of Serralves, including a new monumental outdoor work created for the show.
Working backward from the present day to the very beginning of Kapoor's artistic practise in 1976, the book uncovers through its many returns the unique aesthetic form of Kapoor's work. These repetitions and relationships between past and present works locate the history of Kapoor's practise and highlight the intensity and breadth of his thinking of his work. This book allows us the privilege to witness these forms emerge in the private realm of the artist’s studio.

Exhibition curator Suzanne Cotter considers Anish Kapoor's sculptural language and its elaboration over time through some of his most emblematic works created for outdoor spaces, and in relation to the exhibition in the Park of the Serralves Foundation, and the importance of the studio as a place for conceptualisation and experimentation that has underpinned the artist’s oeuvre over more than four decades.

Lines from Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and writer José Saramago concur with Freud’s theory of the unconscious in British psychoanalyst and writer Christopher Bollas’ view of Anish Kapoor’s working process as a delivery wherein the artist helps bring into being the found objects of his unconscious, presented in the materiality of of sculptural form. 

Size: 210 x 297 mm
288 pages
soft cover
348 images from the Studio + installation views of the works at Serralves
ISBN 978-972-739-361-9

  • LocationSerralves Museum and Park
  • Days 06 JUL 2018 - 17 FEB 2019

Support this project.
Become a member.

Rua D. João de Castro, 210
4150-417 Porto Portugal