Christie’s Contemporary Sculpture Show at Waddesdon Manor, U.K.
An extraordinary confluence of the past and the present is manifesting itself through October at the legendary Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, U.K. Christie’s Private Sales has organized “House of Cards,” an exhibition of major contemporary sculpture inspired by the Rothschild Collection’s recent purchase of Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin’s 1735 painting Boy Building a House of Cards. Scattered throughout the expansive grounds of the Manor—completed in 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and still the collection’s home—are 33 works that Christie’s sees as “contemporary responses” to Chardin’s introspective work. (A parallel show, “Taking Time,” featuring all of the painter’s variations on the subject, is also being shown at Waddesdon Manor through July 15th.) Perhaps the most overtly connected is Richard Serra’s titular work, House of Cards, executed between 1969 and 1978. But the fun lies in seeing how and why certain pieces were chosen, including Urs Fischer’s Bad Timing, Lamb Chop!, Jeff Koons’ Aqualung and Damien Hirst’s This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed at Home. New works from artists such as Anish Kapoor and Jeppe Hein are also included. And though a few of the works are on loan, most are for sale, for prices ranging from $100,000 to $12 million.
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