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A visual treat awaits art enthusiasts as Houghton Hall, Norfolk, gears up for major solo exhibitions by Antony Gormley and Magdalene Odundo in 2024.

Antony Gormley: Time Horizon

Exhibition Dates: Sunday, April 21 – Thursday, October 31, 2024
Press View: Friday, April 12

“Time Horizon” by Antony Gormley promises a spectacular showcase, featuring 100 life-size cast iron bodies strategically placed across Houghton Hall’s sprawling grounds. This installation, described by Gormley as a form of acupuncture, interacts with its surroundings, creating a reflexive field that invites visitors to become part of the experience. Gormley, celebrated for his exploration of the human body’s relationship to space, presents one of his most significant large-scale installations, making a long-awaited return to the UK.

Magdalene Odundo

Exhibition Dates: Sunday, June 9 – Sunday, September 29, 2024
Press View: Thursday, June 6

Dame Magdalene Odundo, one of the world’s revered ceramic artists, will unveil a collection of sculptures responding to Houghton Hall’s state rooms. The exhibit, housed in the great Stone Hall, features new works alongside early pieces, fostering resonant dialogues with the William Kent-designed interiors. Odundo’s exhibition also includes a new commission inspired by her recent residency at Wedgwood, reflecting on the company’s history, Josiah Wedgwood’s role in the abolitionist movement, and the ongoing fight for racial equality. This marks Odundo’s first solo exhibition in the UK since her acclaimed 2019 survey.

Houghton Hall
Built in 1722 by Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall is a masterpiece of Palladian architecture, passing to the Cholmondeley family in the late 18th century. Open to the public since 1976, it stands as a family home and an art haven. The Houghton Arts Foundation, led by Lord Cholmondeley, aims to transform Houghton into a focal point for contemporary art, showcasing notable artists in a historic setting.

Exhibition Information:

Location: Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6UE
Please see website for opening days: https://www.houghtonhall.com

Tickets: £22 when booked online; £24 at the gate

18’s and under go free. Students £10. Houghton Hall welcomes pre-booked groups, schools and colleges and runs an education programme.

Elena Leo is the Arts & Lifestyle Editor of Ikon London Magazine.