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Houghton sculpture exhibition postponed

The much-anticipated Anish Kapoor retrospective exhibition due to open at Houghton Hall at the end of this month has fallen victim to coronavirus.

Houghton said today that the opening has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

The exhibition,due to last until September 27, is due to 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.

NOBUADA OMOTE (31791160)
NOBUADA OMOTE (31791160)

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.

Anish 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 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 in 2001 – 2003 which will be displayed across the grounds.

KA-10 (31791178)
KA-10 (31791178)

A number of works were also to be shown inside the house, including a series of dramatic sandstone sculptures which will be presented in the gallery spaces.

Lord Cholmondeley, owner and resident of Houghton Hall, described Kapoor as a "magician" when the exhibition was announced earlier this year.

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