Anish Kapoor in İstanbul

S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum in collaboration with Akbank, hosts the first major exhibition in Turkey by leading international artist, Anish Kapoor. Sponsored by Akbank, on the occasion of their 65th year, Anish Kapoor’s works are presented at SSM from 10 September 2013 to 2 February 2014.

The exhibition, which is curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, is the first to focus on the artist’s stone sculptures in marble, alabaster and other materials, many of which have not been seen in public before. The exhibition also includes iconic works such as Sky Mirror and Yellow, bringing together sculpture, architecture, engineering and technology. The highly anticipated exhibition will be presented both in the galleries and the gardens of Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

Click here for the micro site of Anish Kapoor in İstanbul.

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Grace, 2004
Vigaria marble
291 x 170 x 150 cm
Kapoor Studio

Sophia, 2003
Vigaria marble
215 x 123 x 133 cm
Kapoor Studio

Imminence, 2000
180 x 167 x 88 cm
Kapoor Studio

Mollis, 2000
95 x 300 x 161 cm
Kapoor Studio

Tongue, 1998
Vigaria marble
176 x 111 x 135 cm
Private collection

Yellow, 1999
Fibreglass and pigment
550 x 550 x 275 cm
The artist and Lisson Gallery

Tomb, 1989
Slate and pigment
48 x 136 x 392 cm
Kapoor Studio

Not Eve, 1989
Sandstone and pigment
213 x 85 x 86 cm
Kapoor Studio

With a Past, 2009
Marble and river stones
203 x 224 x 123 cm
Kapoor Studio

Untitled, 1992
188 x 107 x 67 cm
Kapoor Studio

Archaeology and Biology, 2007
Mixed media
Kapoor Studio

Flower, 2007
Mixed media and paint
245 x 123 x 36 cm
Kapoor Studio

Sky Mirror, 2010
Stainless steel
Diameter: 290 cm
The artist and Lisson Gallery

Double, 2006
300 x 170 x 52 cm
Kapoor Studio

Dragon, 1992
Limestone and pigment
Mixed media
Kapoor Studio

Elephant, 2006
Fibreglass and paint
145 x 244 x 42 cm
The artist and Regen Projects



10 September 2013, 10:00

Conference: Anish Kapoor’s public talk on his art
Speaker: Anish Kapoor



11 September 2013, 14:30

Panel: “The Role of Contemporary Art in Classical Museums”
Chair: Prof. Dr. Hasan Bülent Kahraman


  • Sir Norman Rosenthal (Curator of “Anish Kapoor in Istanbul” exhibition)

  • Prof. Martin Roth (Director of Victoria & Albert Museum)

  • Dr. Glenn D. Lowry (Director of MoMA)

  • Prof. Jean-François Jarrige (Board Member of Condé Museum, Château de Chantilly)

  • Dr. Thomas W. Lentz (Director of Harvard Art Museums)

  • Deepak Ananth (Art Critic and Independant Curator)

  • Prof. Dr. Claus Peter Haase (Former Director of Islamic Art Museum, Berlin)


12 September 2013, 16:00

Conference: “Art in a Globalizing World”
Speaker: Chantal Pontbriand (Art Critic and Curator)



Imagine: The Year of Anish Kapoor
2009, 55 minutes

Anish Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation, known for works of staggering complexity and scale. He is considered to be the first living British artist to have a solo show occupying the entire Royal Academy gallery. While demonstrating the preparations for the Royal Academy exhibition, this inspirational documentary also portrays his early works and his creative process. With exclusive access to his studio, well-known BBC reporter Alan Yentob invites us to the inner world of Anish Kapoor. 

The World According to Kapoor 
Heinz Peter Schwerfel
Arte France, Schuch Conseils et Production
2010, 52 minutes

This documentary recounts the world according to Kapoor, via a journey, from his London studios to the permanent installations of Chicago and Naples, to exhibitions in Bilbao, Mumbai and Delhi. Anish Kapoor thrives on new artistic and technical challenges, such as his enormous inflatable structure Leviathan with which he took over the Grand Palais in Paris at the Monumenta 2011 exhibition. The artist is given the opportunity to talk personally about his perpetual quest for new forms, which are always deeply moving.

The Eye: Anish Kapoor
2005, 29 minutes

In 2002 Anish Kapoor completed his extraordinary sculpture Marsyas for The Unilever Series of commissions in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London. This film follows the making of Marsyas, from the earliest maquettes to the complex installation at Tate. Anish Kapoor comments on each stage of the process, and on the ideas and concerns of his art. Also illustrated are a range of his other sculptures and two recent large-scale works: Sky Mirror and Taratantara.