Earlier this year, we wanted to go to Venice to see the La Biennale di Venezia 2011 – we were very excited, as it was the first time we’ve been to this Biennale. But if that is not enough of a reason – one of our most favorite artists had been invited to create a piece in the Basilica di San Giorgio on San Giorgio Maggiore island. The artist is none other than – Anish Kapoor – the piece he did for the Biennale is named Ascension.
So seeing we were going to be in Venice, we thought we had to make a side trip to Paris as we knew that Anish Kapoor had recently done a wonderful sculpture at the Grand Palais in Paris, So we’ll go and see that first – it’s what is described as ‘site specific art’ – he filled the inside of the Grand Palais with very large deep purple balloon type things that connect. They’re all very organic in shape and the contrast with the site was nothing but thought provoking. You enter this piece from one end – once inside it is womb-like warm, red and enveloping with a silence that I found deafening.
Art today is about being part of the experience of the creative and a balance to the ugliness and wars we see around us. Anyway enough ranting – off to Venice we go as there is more of Anish Kapoor and art at the Biennale to see.
Anish Kapoor is considered one of today’s most important sculptors – born in Bombay in 1954 and moved to London in the early 1970‘s – he lives in the UK.