Art@Site Anish Kapoor Turning the World Upside Down Jerusalem

Anish Kapoor


Turning the World Upside Down

Israel Museum
Object du Passage
Art changes people. An artwork reflects our day to day reality. Art confronts us with a radical alternative. Often this results in discomfort, debate, opposition.
Anish Kapoor knows to express the essence of art in a simple form. With Twup we see the base plate that rests on the earth on which we live now. We see the scale at the top which can carry the new. And it happens just between the plate and the scale: in this hollow curve the now turns into the new. The surface of the scale reflects the opposite of it: it reflects the now. The base also reflects the opposite of this: this reflects the new. You and me are reflected in the hollow curve and perhaps we see what we like to change in ourselves.
A Rite de Passage is the proces of changing from the now to the new. I would like to call this artwork Object du Passage because the focus is on the moment of change. To me, this may be an uncomfortable artwork which is appealing for controversy and opposition.
By Theo,

Object du Passage
Kunst verandert mensen. Een kunstwerk spiegelt onze alledaagse realiteit. Kunst confronteert ons met een radicaal alternatief. Vaak levert dit ongemak, controverse, verzet op.
Anish Kapoor weet de essentie van kunst in een simpele vorm uit te drukken. Bij Twup zien dat de bodemplaat rust op de aarde waarop wij nu leven. We zien een schaal aan de bovenkant, dat het nieuwe dragen kan. En precies tussen de plaat en de schaal gebeurt het: in deze holle vorm gaat het n over in het n we. Het oppervlakte van de schaal reflecteert het tegenover hiervan: dit reflecteert het nu. De bodemplaat reflecteert ook weer het tegenover hiervan: dit reflecteert het nieuwe. In de holle vorm worden jij en word ik gereflecteerd en misschien zien wij ook datgene waarin wij willen veranderen.
Een Rite du Passage is het proces van verandering van het nu naar het nieuwe. Ik zou dit kunstwerk Object du Passage willen noemen omdat de focus ligt op het moment van verandering. Dit mag van mij een ongemakkelijk kunstwerk zijn, dat controverse en verzet oproept.
Door Theo,
Anish Kapoor's "Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem", at the Israel Museum.
In 2010, Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem was commissioned and installed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The sculpture is described as a "16-foot tall polished-steel hourglassand it "reflects and reverses the Jerusalem sky and the museum's landscape, a likely reference to the city's duality of celestial and earthly, holy and profane".
Artists are those who pay attention more closely than the rest of us, and are often the first to understand and articulate cultural change. Exploring emptiness throughout the fields of modernist and contemporary arts is a fascinating exercise, which here I can only express with mere lists a collage of names and ideas.
Enough to say that in the modern era, barriers and foundational beliefs have fallen in every direction and artists have both instigated the destruction and imagined ways of reconstruction.
Mallarm challenged the meaning of the word, Rimbaud declared I is an other, composers challenged musical form, John Cage challenged the very conception of what constitutes music. In visual arts, first the perspective of the artist creator became fractured by cubism until pictures lost the need to be representative at all, and the fields of abstract then conceptual art opened up beyond the frame. The work itself and much that has been written by and about such artists as Rothko, Barnett Newman, Yves Klein, Giacometti, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor resonate with expressions of emptiness.
As the picture frame and the proscenium arch disappeared, so the audience of theatre and visual art is invited into the artwork. It becomes an experience, in the work of James Turell and Olafor Eliasson for example. Even in dance: one renowned contemporary choreographer is working with neuroscientists to explore kinaesthetic intelligence to try to help dancers evade habitude and create from unknowing.
Sir Anish Kapoor, CBE RA (born 12 March 1954) is an Indian sculptor. Born inBombay, Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art, first at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design.
He represented Britain in the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990, when he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize. In 1991 he received the Turner Prize and in 2002 received the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Notable public sculptures include Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park; Sky Mirror, exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 2006 andKensington Gardens in London in 2010; Temenos, at Middlehaven,Middlesbrough; Leviathan, at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2011; andArcelorMittal Orbit, commissioned as a permanent artwork for London's Olympic Park and completed in 2012.
Kapoor received a Knighthood in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to visual arts. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oxford in 2014.