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Discover the mesmerizing world of Anish Kapoor in the exhibition "Untrue Unreal" at Palazzo Strozzi

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

From 7th October 2023 to 4th February 2024, Palazzo Strozzi is showcasing the genius of Anish Kapoor in the exhibition "Untrue Unreal" with the celebrated artist who has revolutionized the notion of sculpture in contemporary art. Curated by Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi


A highlight of the exhibition is a newly commissioned piece by Kapoor, designed specifically to harmonize with the Renaissance courtyard of the Palazzo. This, along with a selection of his early, mid-career, and recent works, offers attendees a holistic perspective on Kapoor's evolving artistic narrative, characterized by its contrasts, flux, and evanescence.

Anish Kapoor

Born in 1954 in Mumbai, India, Anish Kapoor embarked on his artistic journey at London's Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea College of Art during the mid-1970s. Since then, he has firmly established his base in London, while also spending considerable time in his Venice studio in more recent years.


In Anish Kapoor’s art, the "Untrue Unreal", he transforms or negates the common perception of reality. He invites us to explore a world where the boundaries between what is true and false dissolve, opening the doors to the realm of the impossible. One of the distinguishing features is the way Kapoor’s works transcend their materiality. Kapoor’s works merge empty and full space, absorbing and reflecting surface, geometrical and biomorphic forms. In a world where reality seems increasingly elusive and manipulable, Anish Kapoor challenges us to seek truth beyond appearances, inviting us to explore the territory of the untrue and the unreal.

Anish Kapoor. Untrue Unreal exhibition
Anish Kapoor, Gathering Clouds (2014)

Anish Kapoor untreu unreal exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi
Anish Kapoor, To Reflect an Intimate Part of the Red (1981)

Anish Kapoor weaves 'untrue' and 'unreal' sculptural works into palazzo strozzi's architecture
Anish Kapoor sculpture into Palazzo Strozzi

Anish Kapoor exhibition at  Palazzo Strozzi
Anish Kapoor, Endless Column (1992)

Anish Kapoor exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi
Anish Kapoor, Newborn (2019)

Anish  Kapoor exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi
Anish Kapoor, Angel (1990)

The materials—using from pigment to stone, steel, wax, and silicone—are intricately shaped, sculpted, polished, enriched, and refined, challenging the divide between tangibility and ethereality. Color evolves into an engulfing experience, possessing its own depth.


Anish Kapoor never ceased to amaze me with his sculpture. His works are always so unforgettable. Every piece of work is so deeply impressive.


Exhibition Info :

Name: Anish Kapoor. Untrue Unreal Artist: Anish Kapoor Location: Palazzo Strozzi | @palazzostrozzi in Florence, Italy Dates: 7 October 2023 – 4 February 2024

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