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The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude 46 new paint­ings, dis­played across nine of the state rooms, plus sculp­tures in the grounds and in­side in the Stone Hall and the Ar­cade.

This is the first time the Colour Space paint­ings, a devel­op­ment of Hirst’s iconic Spot Paint­ings, have been shown in pub­lic.

The se­ries will even­tu­ally in­clude four mil­lion spots, painted in house­hold gloss by teams of painters.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is ex­pected to at­tract vis­i­tors from all over Bri­tain and over­seas and Damien Hirst will at­tend the launch event.

Lord Chol­monde­ley of Houghton said: “We are de­lighted to have this op­por­tu­nity to show Damien Hirst’s new paint­ings in the State Rooms at Houghton, to­gether with some of his best-known sculp­tures in the grounds. It is per­haps the first time that Hirst has shown a sig­nif­i­cant body of work in a for­mal coun­try house set­ting. Wil­liam Kent’s gilded in­te­ri­ors will be trans­formed for the du­ra­tion of the show.’’

Houghton Hall was built for Bri­tain’s first prime min­is­ter, Sir Robert Walpole. The lav­ish 18th cen­tury man­sion was de­signed to house paint­ings by artists in­clud­ing Rem­brandt, Poussin, Van Dyck and Velázquez. But two gen­er­a­tions later one of the great art col­lec­tions of the world was sold to Cather­ine the Great of Rus­sia.

Four years ago some of those mas­ter­pieces re­turned to the house for the ex­hi­bi­tion Houghton Re­vis­ited.

Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paint­ings and Out­door Sculp­tures runs at Houghton Hall from Sun­day, March 25 to Sun­day, July 15. Tick­ets from houghton­

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