Following on from a successful first year at The Stables last year, for our second Pop-Up Shop showcase we will have a selection of new work by Norfolk’s finest artists and craftspeople from across the generations, to coincide with the forthcoming Damien Hirst exhibition at Houghton Hall from March 25 to July 31, 2018.
A full list of exhibitors will be published soon. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Lord and Lady Cholmondeley for their generosity and vision in allowing us access to the stables at Houghton Hall. The architectural honesty of the building proved to be one of the most unconventional yet effective exhibition spaces in North Norfolk.
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DAMIEN HIRST AT HOUGHTON HALL: COLOUR SPACE PAINTINGS AND OUTDOOR SCULPTURES
A series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space will be installed in the State Rooms at Houghton Hall for the exhibition Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall from 25 March – 15 July 2018. The exhibition will also include a number of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures which will be installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens.
The 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.
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) which was 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.
The exhibition will coincide with the publication of Colour Space, published by HENI Publishing. Colour Space is the first volume in a new landmark series of books, Damien Hirst: The Complete Works. An ongoing publishing event, each volume will take a practice of Hirst’s as its focus.
Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton, 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.”
The exhibition also forms part of the visual arts programme of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2018. The exhibition is sponsored by the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna. The curator of the exhibition is Mario Codognato.