When it comes to art, Buenos Aires is on a roll. After a successful run as the first Art Basel Cities partner in 2018, the push to raise the bar regarding the city’s cultural offering has gone into overdrive. Between the massive Julio Le Parc retrospectives at both the Centro Cultural Kirchner and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to the record-breaking Leandro Erlich “Liminal” exhibit at MALBA, it almost seems that there isn’t room for anything spectacular between now and the end of the year. Lucky for us culture vultures, it’s not – on November 16th the Fundación PROA in La Boca will unveil an exhibit and retrospective dedicated to the Indian-born, London-based sculptor Anish Kapoor.
The selection of works covers Kapoor’s art from 1992 through the present day and was curated by Marcello Dantas. Known for his large-scale architectural projects, sculptures, and installations, Kapoor uses everything from wax, stone, limestone, and especially stainless steel. Some of his best-known works include Cloud Gate in Chicago (affectionally known as “the Bean” to most), Sky Mirror which was displayed at both at New York City’s Rockefeller Center and London’s Kensington Gardens in 2006 and 2010, respectively, and 2012’s ArcelorMittal Orbit which was commissioned for London’s Olympic Park.
These imposing, public centerpieces demand engagement with and response from a diverse audience. Speaking to this, Kapoor has said: “I’m thinking about the mythical wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Tower of Babel. It’s as if the collective will come up with something that has resonance on an individual level and so becomes mythic…I want to occupy the territory, but the territory is an idea and a way of thinking as much as a context that generates objects.”
Nearly four decades into his career, Kapoor’s works are collected all over the world. Some of the standout galleries and museums that house his creations are the MoMA in New York, London’s Tate Modern, Milan’s Fondazione Prada, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and Stockholm’s Moderna Museet.
The Anish Kapoor exhibit at Fundación PROA will be on view from November 16th until March 2020; the artist will be visiting Buenos Aires for the occasion but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. This isn’t the first time Kapoor’s work has been displayed in Argentina – in 2017 some of his pieces were exhibited at the Parque de la Memoria.