Kapoor to experiment with nanotechnology at the 2022 Venice Biennale

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Anish Kapoor, the British sculptor known for his architectural sculptures and bold ideas, will be exhibiting his new works in a two part exhibition at the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Palazzo Manfrin in Venice, Italy.

Opening on April 20, days before the Venice Biennale, he will be the first artist from Britain to have a solo show at the Gallerie dell'Accademia, one of the historic spots for classical painting over the centuries.


Asked about his vision during a press conference, Kapoor said that "all art must engage with what went before". However, if an artist must respect the greatness that preceded, he chose, for his exhibition, to work with an unusual and most modern material: carbon nanotechnology. It is still very unclear how it will be used, but this doesn't worry Taco Dibbits, art historian and director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, who promises that the exhibition will be a revelation.

Kapoor is by no means a newbie at the Venice Biennale. He represented Britain at the 1990 edition where he was awarded the Premio Duemila prize. Known for his love of cutting edge methods, he is also remembered for his use of vantablack, the darkest colour possible, of which he controversially bought the exclusive rights for artistic use back in 2016.