This summer, cutting-edge contemporary sculpture and art by the Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst and other major league artists can be within grand Georgian mansions packed to the rafters with fine antiques and ancestral portraits. And some large-scale sculptures and installation art are staged right in the gardens. AD checked out three historic homes in the English countryside as well as one in Massachusetts that feature compelling exhibitions.
Charles Holland’s Polly at Studley Royal Park.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Studley Royal Park
Exploring contemporary sculpture amidst the largest ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery could just be the most beguiling art experience in all of England. So do check out the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site Studley Royal Park located in North Yorkshire. Besides the monastery dubbed Fountains Abbey, the 820-acre estate also features a Neo-Gothic castle, a water garden, a mansion, various garden follies, and even a deer park where a stunning 500 wild deer roam.
The Gazing Ball, by Lucy and Jorge Orta, at Studley Royal Park.
Photo: Chris Lacey / Courtesy of the artists and Studley Royal Park
Paris artists Lucy and Jorge Orta have installed their rendition of a storied garden globe. The artists’ 2018 mirrored sphere Gazing Ball is up until November 4. Also featured is Charles Holland’s whimsical 2018 Polly, a nod to Britain’s 18th century decorative follies designed to enhance landscape design. nationaltrust.org.uk
Tunnel Tower, a work by Alicja Kwade, at the Crane Estate.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist at the Crane Estate
Stateside, head to the Ipswich, Massachusetts, 165-acre Crane Estate where industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. brought on David Adler to design his massive Stuart-style mansion dubbed Castle Hill, with a staggering 59 rooms filled with antiques. Directly in front of the house, Polish-born, Berlin-based Alicja Kwade’s first large-scale commission in the entire country was just unveiled. Her enticing installation is comprised of steel tubes and walls, and one can even wander through her maze as an immersive creative endeavor. The estate overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with a beach just below, and if that’s not enough, there are four miles of hiking trails and roads. thetrustees.org
Look! Look! Look! by Studio Morison at Berrington Hall.
Hirst at Houghton Hall.