Houghton Hall to stage Anish Kapoor exhibition
Houghton Hall has scored another artistic coup with the news that the celebrated British sculptor Anish Kapoor is to stage its spring and summer exhibition.
Seminal works by the artist will go on show across the grounds and in the historic interior of the hall, opening on March 29.
The exhibition will feature 21 sculptures as well as a selection of drawings and smaller works representative of Kapoor's ground-breaking body of work created over the past 40 years.
Presented together, this series of work will challenge the classical architecture of the house and idyllic beauty of the grounds, whilst being in continuous dialogue and engagement with Houghton's history.
Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors working today, known for creating ambitious public sculptures adventurous in both form and engineering across vastly different scales and materials.
Curated by Mario Codognato, the exhibition at Houghton will feature some of Kapoor's major works in mirror and stone, including Sky Mirro (2018), a five-metre diameter mirror of stainless steel that reflects and transforms the space around it, turning the world upside down and a series of carved marble sculptures created from 2001 to 2003 which will be displayed across the grounds.
In the house dramatic sandstone sculptures will be shown in gallery spaces.
Lord Cholmondeley, Houghton's occupant and owner, said: "Anish Kapoor is a magician. His elegant reflective pieces throw back the world in mysterious ways. We are proud to have the opportunity to present an important group of Anish Kapoor's work at Houghton, both inside the house and in the gardens and grounds."
Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India, and came to art school in London. He represented the UK at the 44th Venice Biennale for which he was awarded the Premio Duemila and won the Turner Prize in 1991. He received a knighthood in 2013 for services to art.
Houghton Hall was built by Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, in about 1722. It is one of the country's foremost examples of Palladian design.
The exhibition is mounted with support from auction house Dorotheum and the Lisson Gallery and will continue on selected days until September 27. Tickets £20, students £10, under-18s free. On sale fromMarch 2. www.houghtonhall.com.