If you are staying in Sydney over the Christmas & New Year holiday break, there are many sporting events such as the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race and test cricket at the SCG to take your mind off all the Christmas celebrations. When you become tired of watching all that sport, either live or on TV, how about doing something different and take in some culture.
One major “not to be missed” event is the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks. It is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in Australia and includes works from the early stages of his career to the present day. Sydney is the only city in Australia to host the exhibition.
Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai in 1954 and moved to London in the early 1970s where he studied art. He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and throughout his career has worked extensively with architects and engineers creating large-scale sculptures in various parts of the world.
The exhibition, showing a selection of key works, is across two floors of the MCA with one of the highlights being the 24 ton steel work “Memory”. The exhibition also incorporates a program of special lectures, talks, tours and films.
One of Anish Kapoor’s major sculptures for a public space, “Sky Mirror”, is on the lawn outside the MCA. The work encompasses the environment in which it is situated and was first displayed at the Rockefeller Centre in New York, then at Kensington Gardens in London. The 10 metre polished stainless steel concave mirror is positioned upwards to create an inverted portrait of the sky.
The exhibition runs until 1 April 2013. Sandra Tiltman.