Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures is the title of a new exhibition to be held at Houghton Hall in Norfolk this Spring. The exhibition will feature a new series of paintings installed in the State Rooms while a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures will be installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.
Built for Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole in the 1720s by Colen Campbell and James Gibbs with interiors by William Kent, Houghton Hall is one of the most elegant Palladian houses in the UK. The current owner Lord Cholmondeley has built up an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures by world-renowned artists, displayed in the gardens and grounds at Houghton. These include James Turrell, Richard Long, Anya Gallacio, Zhan Wang, Stephen Cox, Jeppe Hein, Rachel Whiteread and Phillip King, and many have been specially created for a particular place in the grounds. The Damien Hirst exhibition will be added to the list of previously successful shows held at the hall which include James Turrell and Richard Long.
Lord Cholmondeley, said: ”We are delighted to have this opportunity to show Damien Hirst’s new paintings in the State Rooms at Houghton, together with some of his best-known sculptures in the grounds. It is perhaps the first time that Hirst has shown a significant body of work in a formal country house setting. William Kent’s gilded interiors will be transformed for the duration of the show.”
Hirst’s Colour Space paintings have never been shown in public before and are a development of the iconic Spot Paintings which are among the artist’s most recognised works. Where the Spot Paintings of the 1980s and 90s use the logic of a machine, the Colour Space paintings are looser and more organic in appearance and allow for evidence of the human hand.
“The Colour Space paintings encompass a midpoint between the systematic and the painterly, the rational and the expressive in his work.” Ann Gallagher, Director of Collections, British Art, Tate.
Six sculptures will be installed outdoors in the park featuring some of the artist’s most famous and visually arresting works. They include the celebrated Virgin Mother (2005–2006) previously shown in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in 2006, and Charity (2002–2003) which was installed on Hoxton Square in 2003 and outside the Royal West of England Academy of Art in Bristol in 2011.
Three sculptures will be installed in the house: Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain (2006) in the Entrance Hall, and two smaller kinetic sculptures from the artist’s “levitation” series featuring air blowers and table tennis balls, in the celebrated Stone Hall.
Exhibition title: Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures
Dates: 25 March – 15 July 2018
Ticket information: https://www.houghtonhall.com