Beginning the end of June, you may have noticed a new piece outside of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibit is a monumental work by British artist Anish Kapoor, C-Curve, a stainless steel sculpture, in the Donna and Stewart Kohl Sculpture Garden. The sculpture comprises a curved wall of reflective steel in the shape of the letter C. The outer side of the piece functions as a typical mirror, reflecting the museum’s architecture. On the inner side, the reflections are inverted: viewers, clouds, cars and bikers all pass across the silver screen in an upside-down version of real life.
Placed towards the north end of the sculpture garden, C-Curve is a one-year loan from a private collector.
“Anish Kapoor is one of today’s most important and influential contemporary sculptors,” said William M. Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “I am extremely grateful for the generous loan of C-Curve, which will enliven the museum’s exterior north space and enthrall passers-by.”
“We are excited to add another sculpture by a highly-acclaimed artist to the Donna and Stewart Kohl Sculpture Garden,” stated Reto Thüring, associate curator of contemporary art. “The installation of C-Curve shows the CMA’s ongoing efforts not only to regularly change what’s on view in the galleries, but to understand the museum as an expanded field for experimentation that extends beyond its walls.”
About Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor, (b. 1954) is a British-Indian sculptor. Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s.
He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1990. In 1991 he received the Turner Prize and in 2002 received the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Notable public sculptures include Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park; Sky Mirror, exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 2006 and Kensington Gardens in London in 2010; Leviathan, at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2011; and ArcelorMittal Orbit, commissioned as a permanent artwork for London’s Olympic Park and completed in 2012. This summer Kapoor was invited to install five giant sculptures in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris.