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Houghton Hall's Anish Kapoor exhibition to start July 12

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A much-vaunted exhibition of the works of celebrated British sculptor Anish Kapoor postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic will now start next month at Houghton Hall.

The exhibition, the largest ever of the artist's work, had been due to start in March. Now it will begin on Sunday, July 12 and continue until November 1.

That closing date is later than the original close at the end of September due to the late start and the exhibition will also be on more days than previously. It will now be open Wednesday to Sunday each week.

Sky Mirror envisoned at Houghton (37248142)
Sky Mirror envisoned at Houghton (37248142)

A number of measures, including pre-booked tickets, will be put in place following Government guidelines to allow visitors to experience the works at Houghton Hall.

The only part of the house that will be open to the public are the two rooms where some of a selection of drawings and smaller works are housed. These will be reached by the outside grand staircase and a one-way system will take visitors through the Red Room and Stone Hall before returning them outside where the rest of the sculptures are situated.

Ticket prices have been reduced to reflect that the other splendours of the stately home are not available to be viewed by visitors.

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A 1791. (37247875)

Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday, July 1 on https://www.houghtonhall.com

The exhibition features 24 sculptures representative of Kapoor’s ground-breaking body of work created over the past 40 years. Presented together, this series of works will challenge the classical architecture of the house and the idyllic beauty of the grounds, whilst being in continuous dialogue and engagement with Houghton’s history.

The Indian-born 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 Mirror (2018) - a 5m 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 in 2001-2003 which will be displayed across the grounds. A number of works will also be shown inside the house, including a series of dramatic sandstone sculptures which will be presented in the gallery spaces.

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A 1791. (37248219)

Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton, 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, and are delighted to be able to welcome visitors once again.”

Houghton Hall was built by Sir Robert Walpole, Great Britain’s first Prime Minister in around 1722. Designed by prominent Georgian architects Colen Campbell and James Gibbs, it is one of the country’s finest examples of Palladian architecture. Houghton and its estate passed to the Cholmondeley family at the end of the 18th Century and remains a family home. The house and award-winning gardens have been open to the public since 1976.

Presented by Houghton Arts Foundation. HAF continues to build a collection of contemporary art in the grounds of Houghton Hall, including a number of site-specific commissions. With links to colleges and public institutions across the region, the Foundation’s aim is for Houghton to become a focus for those who wish to see great art of our time in a historic setting. Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall follows exhibitions of work by James Turrell (2015), Richard Long (2017), Damien Hirst (2018) and Henry Moore (2019).

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall is on 12 July-1 November 2020 (selected days) tickets £16 (Students £10, free to under 18s). Tickets On Sale July 1 and must be pre-booked. Go to https://www.houghtonhall.com

Rectangle with a Rectangle by Anish Kapoor. A 1791 (37248235)
Rectangle with a Rectangle by Anish Kapoor. A 1791 (37248235)

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