'My Red Homeland': Anish Kapoor presents his first Russian solo show

S-Curve, 2006, a curving concave then convex mirror; and My Red Homeland, 2003, a melted red wax wall. But they are handsomely mounted in the centre’s large gallery spaces and, here, less is definitely more. Kapoor’s work demands a lot of empty space and they get it.

My Red Homeland’ is Anish Kapoor’s debut Russian exhibition, held at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
’My Red Homeland’ is Anish Kapoor’s debut Russian exhibition, held at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, as part of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Pictured: My Red Homeland, 2003. Image courtesy the artist, 2015
(Image credit: Photography: Nic Tenwiggenhorn)

Rather remarkably, 'My Red Homeland' at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center (opens in new tab), is Anish Kapoor (opens in new tab)’s debut solo show in Russia. Part of the Moscow Biennale, and supported by the Lisson Gallery, the show includes just four pieces: from 1993’s My Body Your Body, a blue black hole in the wall; 2007’s Shelter, a wall mounted sun-cum-giant egg shell; S-Curve, 2006, a curving concave then convex mirror; and My Red Homeland, 2003, a melted red wax wall. But they are handsomely mounted in the centre’s large gallery spaces and, here, less is definitely more. Kapoor’s work demands a lot of empty space and they get it.

Established in 2012, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center has taken over – or rather reclaimed – what was home to the Garage Museum of Art until the move to its OMA-designed space in Gorky Park. Originally the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed by Konstantin Melnikov, the building is considered one the best examples of constructivist architecture in Moscow. The garage, then in a neglected state, was ‘gifted’ by the city to the Federation of Jewish Communities in 2001. The group spent the next seven years restoring the building, increasing the interior space to 15,000 sq m, in line with Melnikov’s original master plan, and drafted in London architect Jamie Fobert to work on the design of the new gallery spaces. Given the city’s cavalier approach to its 20th century architectural treasures, it’s a happy miracle that the building has survived and found new purpose.

S-Curve, 2006.

’I am interested in sculpture that manipulates the viewer into a specific relation with both space and time,’ says Kapoor. ’My aim is to separate the object from its object-hood.’ Pictured: S-Curve, 2006. Image courtesy the artist, 2015

(Image credit: Photography: Joshua White. )

Shelter, 2007

The four pieces are handsomely mounted in the centre’s large gallery spaces and, here, less is definitely more. Pictured: Shelter, 2007. Image courtesy the artist, 2015

(Image credit: Photography: Dave Morgan)

Rather remarkably, 'My Red Homeland' at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, is Anish Kapoor (opens in new tab)’s debut solo show in Russia. Part of the Moscow Biennale, and supported by the Lisson Gallery, the show includes just four pieces: from 1993’s My Body Your Body, a blue black hole in the wall; 2007’s Shelter, a wall mounted sun-cum-giant egg shell;

My Body Your Body, 1993.

Established in 2012, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center has taken over – or rather reclaimed – what was home to the Garage Museum of Art until the move to its OMA-designed space in Gorky Park. Pictured: My Body Your Body, 1993. Image courtesy the artist, 2015

(Image credit: Photography: Dave Morgan)

Kapoor’s work demands a lot of empty space and they get it

Given the city’s cavalier approach to its 20th century architectural treasures, it’s a happy miracle that the building has survived and found new purpose; Kapoor’s work demands a lot of empty space and they get it

(Image credit: Photography: Nic Tenwiggenhorn)

INFORMATION

Anish Kapoo (opens in new tab)r: My Red Homeland’ is on view until 17 January 2016

ADDRESS

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre
Obraztsova Street, 11, build. 1A
Moscow

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