„Is it my role as an artist to say something, to express, to be expressive? I think it’s my role as an artist to bring to expression; it’s not my role to be expressive. I’ve got nothing particular to say, I don’t have any message to give anyone. But it is my role to bring to expression, let’s say, to define means that allow phenomenological and other perceptions, which one might use, one might work with, and then move towards a poetic existence.“

—  Anish Kapoor, Anish kapoor in conversation with Homi K. Bhabha in 1998. Quoted in
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—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
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