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Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller. Born in 1961 in Brussels, Höller studied Agronomy at the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel from winter semester 1979/1980 and in 1993 obtained a chair with a thesis on olfactory communication between insects. In the 80s, even during his work as a scientist, began to carry out the experiment, understood as a process, also in artwork. In 1993 Höller exhibited at the "Aperto" section of the Venice Biennale, in 1997 were with Rosemarie Trockel at the X documents with "A house for pigs and people," and in 2005 he represented with Miriam Backström the Swedish pavilion at the Biennale Venice. Other places individually discussed include the New Museum, New York (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2010); Bregenz Kunsthaus (2008); MASS MoCA, North Adams, EE.UU. (2006); the Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004); ICA Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2003), and Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000).


Sir Anish Kapoor, CBE RA (born 12 March 1954) is a British-Indian sculptor. Born in Bombay, Kapoor has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s when he moved to study art, first at the Hornsey College of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art and Design.

He represented Britain in the XLIV Venice Biennale in 1990, when he was awarded the Premio Duemila Prize. In 1991 he received the Turner Prize and in 2002 received the Unilever Commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Notable public sculptures include Cloud Gate (colloquially known as “the Bean”) in Chicago’s Millennium Park; Sky Mirror, exhibited at the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 2006 and Kensington Gardens in London in 2010; Temenos, at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough; Leviathan, at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2011; and ArcelorMittal Orbit, commissioned as a permanent artwork for London’s Olympic Park and completed in 2012.


Cecil Balmond OBE is a Sri Lankan – British designer, artist, architect, and writer. In 1968 Balmond joined Ove Arup & Partners, leading him to become deputy chairman. In 2000 he founded design and research group, the AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit). He currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at PennDesign as Professor of Architecture where he is also the founding director of the Non Linear Systems Organization, a material and structural research unit. He has also been Kenzo Tange Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, Saarinen professor at Yale University School of Architecture and visiting fellow at London School of Economics.

In 2010 Balmond set up his own architectural practice, Balmond Studio, with offices in London and Colombo. The research led practice is involved with art, architecture, design and consulting. One current project is the Gretna Landmark, Star of Caledonia for which Cecil is the artist. It is an illuminated sculpture that marks the Scottish and English border crossing, and will be completed in 2015.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to architecture.



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