Anish Kapoor sculpture exhibition at Houghton Hall

PUBLISHED: 12:13 20 April 2020

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall, an exhibition featuring work from the sculptor's 40-year career, is set to take place this summer. Picture: Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall, an exhibition featuring work from the sculptor's 40-year career, is set to take place this summer. Picture: Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Leading British artist Sir Anish Kapoor brings his stunning works to Houghton Hall this summer

Houghton Hall’s latest summer blockbuster exhibition is from leading British sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, with an exhibition featuring 21 sculptures as well as a selection of drawings and smaller works.

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. One of his best-known pieces is the Orbit Tower, a 114.5-metre-high sculpture and observation tower which stands in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.

Mollis, 2003, marble by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)Mollis, 2003, marble by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)

The Houghton collection represents Kapoor’s ground-breaking body of work which has been 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.

Curated by Mario Codognato, the exhibition 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 between 2001 and 2003 which will be displayed in the grounds.

Imminence, 2000, onyx by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)Imminence, 2000, onyx by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)

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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.

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, both inside the house and in the gardens and grounds.”

Sophia, 2003, marble by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)Sophia, 2003, marble by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)

Anish Kapoor was born in Mumbai, India, in 1954 and lives and works in London. He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and in 2013 he received a knighthood for his services to the arts.

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.

Grace, 2004, marble by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)Grace, 2004, marble by Anish Kapoor (photo: Dave Morgan)

Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall runs until September 27. For tickets visit houghtonhall.com

[NB: The exhibition was originally due to open in March but is being planned to open after the lockdown this summer.]

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