Anish Kapoot in Istanbul
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In collaboration with British Council, and sponsored by Akbank, Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) exhibited Anish Kapoor’s works for the first time in Turkey between September 2013 and February 2014. The exhibition was curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and includes several pieces exhibited for the very first time. A series of discussions, workshops and educational activities accompanied the exhibition.

Public Discussion and Workshop

Anish Kapoor in Istanbul, Why Does Sculpture Matter?

As part of Anish Kapoor in Istanbul, we were excited to bring to Sakip Sabanci Museum Turner Prize winning sculptor Richard Deacon and art expert Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute. Anish Kapoor’s piece For Richard Deacon (1999) was among the works on display at Anish Kapoor in Istanbul.

Richard and Lisa lead a public discussion under the theme of Why Does Sculpture Matter? They explored ideas on the role of sculpture and looked at innovation in the art form. 

Richard and Lisa also lead a one-day sculpture workshop for a limited group of young artists and art students and provided personal feedback on their work to help them develop their talents. 

You can read the biographies of Richard Deacon and Lisa Le Feuvre.

Virtual Tour

You can take a look around the exhibition in through our virtual tour, where you can view the art works and learn more about Anish Kapoor and the exhibition.

Watch videos from the exhibition

World famous sculptor Anish Kapoor met art lovers in Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Watch livestream recordings and videos from the exhibition via our Vimeo channel.

Creative Cameras

Budding photographers turned their Instagram photos into art installations inspired by Anish Kapoor in Istanbul. 

The owners of the photo that received the most likes at the end of each month won special exhibition catalogues. 

Have a look at our Flickr albums:

Senses Poems

We asked art lovers to select a work from Anish Kapoor’s exhibition in Istanbul and write a five-line poem in the following format. 


Line 1: It looks like…………….

Line 2: It sounds like…………..

Line 3: It smells like…………..

Line 4: It tastes like……………

Line 5: It makes me feel like…………..

The winners of the Senses Poems are listed below. Congratulations!

  1. Zeynep Gürsoy
  2. Kübra Bodur
  3. Ümit Çalışıcı

You can view the whole set of poems through our Facebook album

If you’d like to discuss partnership opportunities with the British Council, please contact us.

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