October 21, 2009

Premiere of “The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim” - Anish Kapoor’s “Memory” in New York

From October 21, 2009, to March 28, 2010, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is showing the exhibition “Anish Kapoor: Memory.” The presentation of this extraordinary sculpture marks the beginning of “The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim.” In this series, the museum will present commissioned works and projects which had their premiere at Deutsche Guggenheim. At the same time, the series represents a high point of the unique global cooperation between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which have jointly run the successful Berlin exhibition hall since 1997.

“Memory,” the 14th work commissioned for the Deutsche Guggenheim, was shown for the first time at the Berlin art venue in late 2008. Kapoor’s sculpture, utilizing 24 tons of Cor-Ten steel, caused a sensation at the museum. With “Memory,” the sculptor created a site-specific work that nearly fills the space it occupies and arouses paradoxical feelings in viewers. The physical heaviness of the material contrasts with the impression of lightness and immateriality. At the same time, “Memory” prompts viewers to become active themselves. The entire work can never being experienced at once, leaving the viewer to reconstruct the sculpture from memories and fragmentary perspectives. The artist describes this process as a “diagram that can never be completed.”

Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1954. He has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s. Kapoor’s sculptures, installations and public art projects incorporate myriad materials characterized by special tactile or reflective qualities. In addition to stone, wax, fiberglass, and PVC, he uses mirroring stainless steel – for example, for his sculpture “Turning the World Upside Down III” (1996) in the lobby of Deutsche Bank's London headquarters. In 1990, Kapoor represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. He received the renowned Turner Prize in 1991. In 2008, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London showed models from Kapoor’s work from the last 20 years in the exhibition “Place/No Place,” which was co-initiated and sponsored by Deutsche Bank.  The Royal Academy in London is currently devoting a comprehensive exhibition to the artist

The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim:
Anish Kapoor: Memory
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, USA
October 22, 2009 – March 21, 2010

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Klaus Winker      
Deutsche Bank Press Department   
Phone: +49 (0)69 910-32249    

Britta Färber
Deutsche Bank Art
Phone: +49 (0)69 910-35960


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