First Anish Kapoor exhibition is staged in India

By Prachi Pinglay
BBC News, Mumbai

image captionThe Shooting the Corner exhibit has already attracted much public attention

Internationally renowned artist Anish Kapoor's first exhibition in India has opened in the cities of Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay).

The Indian-born Turner Prize winning artist first planned to hold an Indian exhibition nearly 10 years ago.

But "logistical challenges" kept delaying the exhibition.

While Delhi already has several of his architectural installations, in Mumbai his Shooting into the Corner exhibit is drawing all the attention.

'Confound meaning'

Critics say the huge scale of his works - and the fact that it it is being held in a Mumbai film studio - will attract numerous people to view the show.

It is being staged in the famous Mehboob Studio in the west of the city and organisers are expecting a large turnout.

image captionThe sheer scale of the exhibition is impressive in itself

The exhibit likely to attract most public attention is undoubtedly Shooting into the Corner - depicting a cannon firing crimson wax emissions regularly into a huge corner canvas with a thud.

"I am interested in layers of any sculpture," Mr Kapoor - who was born in Mumbai - told the BBC.

"Of course it depicts the violence that exists around us. Violence is one of the measures of our civilisation."

Pointing to another exhibit - some solid steel figures - exhibition co-curator Andrea Rose said that Mr Kapoor's work "marries uncertainty and geometry to confound meaning".

Although Mr Kapoor does not like to be bracketed as Indian-born or as residing in the UK, Ms Rose said the influences of mystery are perhaps from his early experiences in India.

"Of course I am proud to be an Indian but I want to be the best artist," Mr Kapoor said.

He pointed out that an artist should be defined by ability to create and invent and not by country of origin.

The first Kapoor exhibition in India has been hailed as one of the artist's "most ambitious" projects and has been organised by the government's culture ministry, the National Gallery of Modern Art India, the British Council and the Lisson Gallery.

The engineer-turned-artist is presently building a massive art work for the London Olympics of 2012.

His last show - at the Royal Academy of Arts in London - drew record crowds.

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