Huge sculpture arrives at Houghton Hall
It is now just two weeks from the opening of the exciting new exhibition that is going to make West Norfolk the centre of the artistic world this summer, Henry Moore at Houghton Hall: Nature and Inspiration.
The Lynn News’ photographer was on hand on Monday to see the final large sculpture delivered to Houghton from its storage place at Much Hadham in Hertfordshire.
The work entitled Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae 1968-69 was put together on a plinth in front of the hall by specialist technicians from the international logisitics provider Mtec along with experts from the Henry Moore Foundation install team..
The craning down off the lorry of the massive sculpture was a nervous time for all involved but went smoothly.
Houghton has started a tradition of statement summer exhibitions in recent years, starting in 2013 with Houghton Revisited, when stunning artworks that had once adorned its rooms in the days of the hall’s original occupant, Sir Robert Walpole, was taken back on loan from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
That has been followed by avant garde works by James Turrell, Richard Long and last year Damien Hirst, which once again attracted national attention.
Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton Hall, is a devoted follower of the arts and has work from Turrell and Long plus Rachel Whiteread, Phillip King, Stephen Cox, Anya Gallaccio and Jeppe Hein on show at the hall.
He has said: "It is a great accolade for Houghton to have the Henry Moore Foundation involved in this year’s exhibition. We feel honoured that the Foundation are lending such a range of important work and have agreed to curate the show for us.”
The exhibition runs from May 1-September 29. Tickets are £18, £10 for students and free for those under 17. The exhibition is sponsored by Gagosian and curated by Sebastiano Barassi, the Henry Moore Foundation’s head of collections and exhibitions. Ticket information www.houghtonhall.com