Hirst’s new spots head for Walpole’s stately home

Houghton Hall, the Norfolk mansion built by Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole to host an exhibition of new work by Damien Hirst RA.

 His new paintings, Colour Space, of coloured circles will occupy the state rooms at Houghton Hall where works, by Rembrandt, Murillo and Van Dyck. Never before seen in  public, the series is an evolution of Hirst’s spot paintings of the 1990s. 
“The Colour Space paintings encompass a midpoint between the systematic and the painterly, the rational and the expressive in his work” said Ann Gallagher, director of collections, British art, at Tate.

His sculptures will also be on display in Houghton’s landscaped grounds.

The Palladian hall, designed by Colin Campbell and James Gibbs with interiors by William Kent, is now the property of Marquess Cholmondeley who in 2013 famously organised the return for a successful temporary exhibition of many of the original Walpole-owned masterpieces which had been sold in the 18th century to Catherine the Great.

''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” he said. “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 runs from March 25 to July 15.

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