Anish Kapoor in Beppu
This year, we welcome the artist internationally recognized as one of the most significant in the contemporary field, Anish Kapoor. Kapoor is known for his dynamic works, such as his monument commemorating the London Olympics (2012) or his solo exhibition at the Palace of Versailles (2015). Beneath this dynamism, however, one senses a foundation of Eastern world view — of Buddhism, or of Hindu philosophy. Kapoor’s works feature a coexistence of opposites: inside and outside, light and shadow. With their simple shapes and unique selection of materials, they broaden our horizons and deepen our reflection. Three pieces will be exhibited in Beppu Park, which lies between the mountains and the sea. A darkness as infinite as outer space spreads forth in “void the pavilion”; an energy welling up from within the body, the land confronts us in the works that compose special exhibition “Concept of Happiness.” Finally, “Sky Mirror” will be positioned so as to figure as a connecting force: bringing the heavens down to the earth, this enormous mirror could appear, perhaps, as though a door linking the vast sweep of infinite to that which lies within us. Groundwater heated by the magmatic activity of the Earth boils over, becomes steam and rises toward the sky, becomes rain and returns to the land — it was these special qualities of Beppu that this exhibition was designed to capture. Art offers us the potential to make realizations; it gives us the ability to form our own opinions and indulge in free thought. We invite you, by experiencing Kapoor’s perception-shattering work, to embark on an adventure of infinite imagination.