Anish Kapoor’s ‘Untrue Unreal’ Exhibition Opens at Palazzo Strozzi

Installation view of “Anish Kapoor. Untrue Unreal”. © photo Ela Bialkowska OKNO studio

Celebrated British-Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor, continues to bring to bear his unfailing expertise in sculpture even at 69! The sculptor with over four decades of experience currently has an expensive solo exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

Now, if you are a keen follower of Kapoor’s works, you would quickly notice that none of his creations have similarities to Renaissance architecture, however, this exhibition is a merger of Renaissance architecture and his signature presentations of work.

The exhibition titled  “Untrue Unreal” is a fusion of Kapoor’s wide range of works, including those monumental in scale. The exhibition immerses one in a state of delusion as the truth becomes an illusion.

Arturo Galansino, general director of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and curator of the exhibition had a lot to say about Anish Kapoor’s work in a press statement appealing to visitors and the audience.

“Kapoor has engaged in a direct dialogue with the Renaissance architecture. The result is entirely original, almost a kind of dialectical juxtaposition, where symmetry, harmony, and rigor are called into question, and the boundaries between material and immaterial dissolve.

“Amidst the rational geometries of Palazzo Strozzi, Kapoor invites us in this exhibition to lose and rediscover ourselves, prompting us to question what is untrue or unreal.”

Artnet further reports that “The exhibition shines a spotlight on the internationally acclaimed artist’s ongoing experimentation with materiality, space, form, and color, between the galleries at the Piano Nobile and the Renaissance courtyard. Among the highlights include To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red (1981), a signature piece from the earlier stage of Kapoor’s career; Non-Object Black (2015), which challenges viewers’s perception through the use of Vantablack, a material that absorbs more than 99.9 percent of visible light; and Void Pavilion VII (2023), a newly architecturally scaled work conceived for the site’s Renaissance courtyard.”

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