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Houghton Hall to feature British sculptor Tony Cragg

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Houghton Hall today announced its latest sculpture exhibition which will open in May and run through to late September.

It will feature major works by the celebrated British sculptor Tony Cragg.

As with the Covid-secure exhibition of 2020 with Anish Kapoor, most of the works will be in the grounds with only a small part of the house expected to be open to visitors. Numbers will once again be restricted.

Tony Cragg's Mean Average.
Tony Cragg's Mean Average.

A total of 50,000 came to the Kapoor exhibition last year.

This exhibition, curated by the artist himself, will include large-scale bronze and steel sculptures sited in the gardens and grounds, and smaller pieces shown in the State rooms and gallery spaces of the house. Several new works have been made specifically for the exhibition.

Tony Cragg has been working and exhibiting since 1969. He participated in documenta 7 and 8 and represented Britain at the Biennale in Venice in 1988. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1988, the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Award, Tokyo in 2007 and the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2017. He has lived in Wuppertal, Germany, since 1977.

Tony Cragg's Migrant.
Tony Cragg's Migrant.

He held professorships in the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he was director from 2009 to 2013. He has exhibited extensively in museums worldwide: Tate Gallery, London (1988), Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duesseldorf (1989), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Musée du Louvre, Paris (2011), Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2013), Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal and Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2016) and Boboli Gardens, Florence (2019)

Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton, said: “Tony Cragg at Houghton will be the 6th contemporary art exhibition held at Houghton since 2015.

"I am particularly grateful to Tony for the chance to show his sculptures here in Norfolk, and for agreeing to curate the exhibition himself.

Tony Cragg's Tommy, 2013. Photo: Michael Richter
Tony Cragg's Tommy, 2013. Photo: Michael Richter

"I have always been a great admirer of his work, and it will be incredibly exciting to see how it will come together and interact with the historic landscape and interiors of Houghton.

"As life is no longer, for the moment, as we once knew it due to the challenges of Covid-19, we have been faced with some extraordinary logistical problems; not least transporting exhibits to the UK from Tony’s studio in Germany. I would especially like to thank Dorotheum and Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery for their support as this year’s exhibition sponsors.’’

The exhibition is presented by the 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.

Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall

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. Tony Cragg at Houghton follows exhibitions of work by James Turrell (2015), Richard Long (2017), Damien Hirst (2018), Henry Moore (2019) and Anish Kapoor (2020).

The exhibition runs from May 19 to September 26 (selected days); 11am-5pm (last admission 4pm). Tickets £18 per adult, under-18s free, students £10. Tickets on sale April 19. All tickets must be pre-booked online: http://www.houghtonhall.com

Masks must be worn inside, no disabled access to the house.

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