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Liverpool Cathedral To Celebrate 100th Anniversary With Anish Kapoor Exhibition

To celebrate its centenary in 2024, Liverpool Cathedral is thrilled to present an exciting and UK-first exhibition by the internationally acclaimed British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.

One of the most innovative and influential artists of our time, Kapoor is renowned for his iconic works, such as Cloud Gate in Chicago and the Orbit Tower at the Olympic Stadium in London. This landmark exhibition, titled ‘Monadic Singularity’, marks the first time Kapoor has presented a solo exhibition in a UK Cathedral and brings his extraordinary art to the North-West for the first time in over 40 years since his show at the Walker Art Gallery in 1983.

The exhibition contemplates key moments in life: birth, marriage, and death. Liverpool Cathedral, the UK’s largest cathedral, provides the perfect backdrop for this profound exploration. Visitors will embark on a journey through the Cathedral’s spaces, including a large-scale installation in the Well, a stunning reminder of our existence on Earth. The exhibition seamlessly integrates with the Cathedral’s gothic architecture, featuring a wax sculpture in the Main Space and additional works in the Lady Chapel and Ambulatory.

This exhibition showcases works created over the past 25 years, some of which have never been displayed in the UK, making it a must-see event that will undoubtedly enrich Liverpool’s artistic heritage. This is a historical moment for Liverpool Cathedral and the city itself, offering a rare opportunity to experience the work of one of the most notable and inspiring artists globally. Adding to the excitement, the Cathedral will host exclusive late-night openings, featuring trips up the Tower and refreshments from the Welsford Bistro.

‘Monadic Singularity’ is a highlight of Liverpool Cathedral’s centenary celebrations, which also include a People’s Service in July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its Consecration in 1924.

Anish Kapoor Installation coming to Liverpool Cathedral
Anish Kapoor – Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity, 2015. Photo- D.Saulnier. Interior view- Jonathan Leijonhufvud. © Anish Kapoor. All rights reserved, DACS 2024

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Culture Liverpool and the Liverpool BID Company, as well as the cathedrals partners Lisson Gallery and Boodles. Hospitality is provided in partnership with Novotel Paddington Village and Hope Street Hotel. With additional thanks to the Granada Foundation and all our supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

The Very Rev’d Dr Dean Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool said of this unmissable occasion “As we celebrate 100 years since this Cathedral was consecrated for prayer and worship, it is great to welcome an iconic artist to our iconic building. The Cathedral speaks of itself as a place of Encounter, and we hope that people will come and encounter the art of Anish Kapoor in our magnificent space. 

We are a modern Cathedral that works with many contemporary artists, and we are delighted that Kapoor is displaying his magnificent art in this centenary year, in our Cathedral built for the people, by the people, to the Glory of God.” 

Elisa Nocente, Head of Cultural Programme at Liverpool Cathedral and curator of the exhibition stated “It is an honour that Anish Kapoor has chosen to collaborate with Liverpool Cathedral in this landmark year. As one of the leading figures in contemporary art, he distinguishes himself by a unique visual language that embraces painting, sculpture, and architectural forms. Provoking both wonder and uneasiness, Kapoor’s artworks transcend their materiality; we hope that they will resonate on a deeply physical and emotional level for our audiences.” 

Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan CBE, said: “Over the past few years it has been fantastic to see how Liverpool Cathedral has solidified its reputation as a venue to showcase the work of some of the world’s most respected artists in a unique and unforgettable way.

“Culture Liverpool is delighted to work in partnership with the cathedral team to secure this culturally significant Anish Kapoor exhibition which is a huge coup for the city.

“And what a way to mark this special anniversary year, which will undoubtedly attract huge numbers of people to one of the most beautiful buildings in the country.”

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 10 August and runs until Sunday 15 September. Tickets will be available soon for exclusive late-night viewings at the Cathedral, which include a special tour of the show, on Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 August so keep an eye on the cathedral’s social channels.  

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