Jenny Holzer to Exhibit at Blenheim Palace

Posted 6th March 2017

Blenheim Art Foundation is delighted to announce Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace, a solo exhibition by American artist Jenny Holzer running 28th September – 31st December 2017.

Holzer is the fourth artist to take on the challenge to fill our sumptuous eighteenth-century interiors and grounds with contemporary art. She will be creating new, site-specific work, directly addressing the our military and political history in relation to themes which have figured prominently in her practice since the 1980s: power, conflict and activism.

As one of America’s most loved living artists, Holzer is provocative and outspoken, working with language to question what is presented as truth in everyday life. For nearly four decades, her work has sought out different ways of infiltrating public space and public consciousness. Over the years, her words have been presented on anonymous posters around New York, carved into fine stone and shone day-bright in LED light around the world.

Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace will showcase many new works and use augmented reality to explore the potential of the virtual space. This interest in new technologies and art will run through the show, which will also feature Holzer’s well-known work with LED signs. Additionally, Holzer is developing large-scale light projections that will transform the Palace grounds after dark in a series of night-time public events. Alongside these, more meditative areas will feature examples of Holzer’s best known work, such as her renowned engraved stonework, as well as new installations using black mondo grass.

Jenny Holzer to Exhibit at Blenheim Palace
Jenny Holzer to Exhibit at Blenheim Palace

This is the fourth exhibition of contemporary art hosted at our historic Palace, following Ai Weiwei, Lawrence Weiner and Michelangelo Pistoletto. It continues Blenheim Art Foundation’s commitment to exposing new audiences to contemporary art by showcasing the most important artists working today within one of England’s most treasured landmarks.

With this new exhibition, the Foundation and the artist work together to break new ground, hoping to radically rethink the viewer’s experience of fine art exhibitions. This spirit of innovation will present fascinating contrasts with the historical tradition inferred by our Palatial surroundings. With this exhibition, Holzer will marry past and future, simultaneously challenging viewers with her installations whilst also engaging with the historical precedents that have cemented our enduring legacy.

“We are very excited to work with Jenny Holzer for the Foundation’s 2017 programme. Her vision for the show is extraordinary and this exhibition looks to push boundaries in terms of what visitors expect to see at contemporary art exhibitions. Jenny has been one of art’s strongest and most unique voices since the 1980s, and it is an honour to work alongside her on this new chapter in her work, and to continue to showcase ground-breaking contemporary art at Blenheim Palace.” - Michael Frahm, Director of Blenheim Art Foundation

“My first visit to Blenheim Palace left me with too many ideas, on the complex past and its relevance to this knife-edge present.” Jenny Holzer

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