Three works by the celebrated British artist Anish Kapoor are on show in the Gallery of Honour at the Rijksmuseum until 20 April 2016. The three painted reliefs created from layers of red and white resin and silicone evoke images of bloody, sinewy lumps of meat. These extraordinary visceral works will enter a visual dialogue with Rembrandt’s late works, such as 'The Jewish Bride', 'The Syndics', 'Titus Dressed as a Monk' and 'Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul'.
The reliefs, entitled Internal Object in Three Parts, mark Kapoor’s return to painting, which he combines with a quest for the raw spaces in both body and psyche. However, Kapoor’s works also tie in with the painting tradition of Rembrandt, Soutine and Bacon, raising themes such as violence, trauma, and social and political unrest. From his earliest days as an artist, he created two-dimensional works in ink, acrylic and oil paint, gouache, pigment and earth on both paper and canvas. These new works recall his mechanised installations such as My Red Homeland (2003), Svayambh (2009) and Shooting into the Corner (2009). Finally, Internal Object in Three Parts shows Kapoor reflecting his interest in the Greek legend of the satyr Marsyas. Marsyas challenged Apollo, the god of music, to a musical duel, which Marsyas lost. Apollo then tied Marsyas to a tree and skinned him alive.
The Rijksmuseum regularly offers space to contemporary artists including Damien Hirst (2008), Anselm Kiefer (2011), Frank Auerbach (2013), and Daan Roosegaarde (2014). In the permanent collection, works can be found by Subodh Gupta, Ai Weiwei, Edmund de Waal and Richard Wright.