Anish Kapoor’s Mountain Sculpture

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March 30, 2016

Anish Kapoor’s Mountain Sculpture

Anish Kapoor’s monumental 2001 aluminium sculpture, Mountain, is exhibiting at Museum Beelden aan Zee from until 5 February 2017. Organised in collaboration with Piano Nobile gallery, London, this is the first time the sculpture has been on display in Holland. Mountain is on view in the main room of Museum Beelden aan Zee, the dedicated sculpture museum of The Hague. The sculpture was built up in the museum, and visitors can view the construction process.

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Anish Kapoor’s monumental 2001 aluminium sculpture, Mountain, is exhibiting at Museum Beelden aan Zee from until 5 February 2017. Organised in collaboration with Piano Nobile gallery, London, this is the first time the sculpture has been on display in Holland. Mountain is on view in the main room of Museum Beelden aan Zee, the dedicated sculpture museum of The Hague. The sculpture was built up in the museum, and visitors can view the construction process.

Composed of 120 water-jet cut layers, each just two centimetres thick, the structure rises a colossal 2.5 metres high and 5 metres wide. Executed with formidable precision, the layers lock together and yet convey the rugged, furrowed surface of a mountain formed from elemental rock. It possesses an imposing air of grandeur, an awe-inspiring evocation of seismic forces and tectonic movement.

The display at Museum Beelden aan Zee includes a platform for viewers to look into the hollow depths of Mountain. Rather than a peak or ledge, a narrow rim opens onto the vertigo-inducing void of the internal structure. Kapoor has an ongoing fascination with negative space: “That’s what I’m interested in: the void, the moment when it isn’t a hole, it is a space full of what isn’t there”. The sublime and the infinite are paradoxically present in this nothingness. 

Mountain is a spectacular tour-de-force by Anish Kapoor, and the loan is an exciting addition to the collection of Museum Beelden aan Zee, the only museum in Holland dedicated to sculpture. Anish Kapoor’s monumental 2001 aluminium sculpture, Mountain, will be exhibited at Museum Beelden aan Zee from 18 March 2016 until 5 February 2017. Organised in collaboration with Piano Nobile gallery, London, this is the first time the sculpture has been on display in the Netherlands. Mountain will be on view in the main room of Museum Beelden aan Zee, the dedicated sculpture museum of The Hague. The sculpture is currently being built up in the museum, and visitors can view the construction process.