Architectural Digest (UAE)

Through the Looking Glass


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is one of the world’s most iconic architectu­ral landmarks, and now, it is hosting an exhibition of works by Anish Kapoor beneath its audacious atrium. It’s the first happening in a pop-up space curated by internatio­nal contempora­ry art gallery, Galleria Continua, which will be open for six months. On show in the first-floor lobby are seven little-seen pieces by the revered British Indian artist, including brilliantl­y coloured discs, magistral alabaster

works and mesmerisin­g mirrored pieces from Kapoor’s 2017 Alice collection. Each conveys a feeling of suspended time, immersing the viewer in a sensorial experience. Kapoor describes himself as ‘a painter who is a sculptor’, and his work sits at the intersecti­on of the two discipline­s, employing optical illusions to hint at a space beyond the physical realm.

Until 30 January 2022, galleriaco­ – T.C.

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