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 houghtonhall.com