Friday, 16 October 2009

Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy of Arts

It’s not allowed to take pictures inside the galleries so these photos are of the big sculpture placed outside in the court yard called “Tall tree and the Eye.” Which leads me to my first point: if you don’t have time/don’t want to pay £12/can’t be bothered to stand in line to get in, then at least spend 5 minutes in the court yard looking at this amazing piece.

If you want to go see the full exhibition then here is a word of advice: book tickets online! Then you can walk right past the massive queue and go straight in.

Also, if you are flexible on times then make sure to go on a week day. I went on a Saturday and it was completely packed which meant that it was sometimes hard to see the art for all the people.

That said, I really enjoyed the exhibition. The large scale works are by far the most interesting, especially “Swayambh” which according to the catalogue is Sanskrit and means something like ‘self-generated.’ It’s a 30 ton block of red wax that slowly moves along tracks through 5 galleries. No point in trying to describe it further, you really have to see it for yourself.

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