In Spring 2020, Blenheim Art Foundation will unveil a major solo exhibition by acclaimed British artist Cecily Brown at Blenheim Palace, running from 23 April to 5 July 2020. This will be the first exhibition in the Foundation’s programme to be comprised entirely of new work created in response to the Palace, and the first devoted to contemporary painting.
Considered one of the foremost painters of her generation, Brown is best known for her large-scale, vivid, gestural paintings which toy between abstraction and figuration in turn. For this exhibition, Brown is developing a significant new body of work responding to Blenheim Palace’s history as an English country estate and as the home to successive generations of the Spencer-Churchill family and their world-renowned permanent collection of paintings, tapestries and decorative arts.
Providing charged re-interpretations of pastoral imagery, hunting scenes and bucolic Victorian fairy painting, Brown – who has been based in the US for the last 25 years – offers an international perspective on her British heritage, critically and sensually exploring the nostalgic fantasies of the British stately home in the popular imagination. Brown’s works evoke a dream-like vision of the past, reflecting on the Palace’s artworks as symbols of power and influence, their images and narratives still informing perceptions of Britain today.