August 14, 2020

Houghton Hall Showcases Anish Kapoor’s Large-Scale Sculptures

Across much of the globe, galleries and museums have begun reopening. But with COVID-19 still persisting, outside art venues enable cultural enlightenment along 
with easier social distancing. One such is Houghton Hall, the majestic British estate anchored by an 18th-century Palladian residence. Opened to the public in 
1976, its expansive 4,000 acres have hosted monumental sculptures by the likes of Henry Moore and James Turrell. This summer and fall, the hall showcases the work of Anish Kapoor. The exhibition features 24 of his large-scale sculptures across the grounds as well as a selection of his drawings and smaller sandstone pieces shown inside 
the house, all created by the artist over the past 40 years. Particularly noteworthy is the 16-foot-diameter Sky Mirror, which Kapoor conceived in 2018 in polished stainless steel. The result is a massive, 
brilliantly shiny round that reflects the world, fittingly, 
upside down.

The stainless-steel Sky Mirror and the onyx Eight Eight appear in “Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall,” in Norfolk, U.K., through November 1. Photography courtesy of Anish Kapoor and Lisson Gallery.

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