Anish Kapoor Sculptures Displayed At Stately Home

Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, the Mumbai born British-Indian sculptor, has opened to the public an exhibition of 24 sculptures after the lockdown restrictions were eased.

The Turner Prize-winning artist’s work at Houghton Hall in Norfolk was originally scheduled for March but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Once rules were relaxed on 4 July to allow the reopening of museums and heritage attractions, Sir Anish was able to open his exhibition.

There are 24 sculptures by Sir Anish, including the Sky Mirror, a stainless steel mirror over 5 metres in diameter. There will also be a series of carved marble sculptures created between 2001 and 2003, along with a selection of drawings and smaller works.

The artworks will be exhibited across the grounds of the stately home, as well as in the gallery space indoors, curated by Maria Codognato.

Grade II-listed Houghton Hall was built by Sir Robert Walpole, generally regarded as Britain’s first prime minister, in around 1722, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. It is currently the residence of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.

Lord Cholmondeley said: “Anish Kapoor is a magician. His elegant, reflective pieces throwback the world in mysterious ways.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to present an important group of Anish Kapoor’s work at Houghton, and are delighted to be able to welcome visitors once again.”

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