Blenheim Art Foundation Announces Exhibition Devoted to Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence WeinerPhoto: Alyssa Gorelick Courtesy of Moved Pictures Archive, NYC
Lawrence Weiner
Photo: Alyssa Gorelick Courtesy of Moved Pictures Archive, NYC

Blenheim Art Foundation has announced its second ever exhibition, and it will be devoted to New York conceptual art legend Lawrence Weiner.

Co-curated by Christian Gether, director of the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the show will open in October to coincide with Frieze Week.

“Within a Realm of Distance” will showcase works conceived by the artist over the last decades, as well as site-specific works that will be installed in the luxurious rooms and on the breathtaking façade of Blenheim Palace.

The palace was built in 1704 by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1987. The art foundation launched there in September last year, with the largest UK exhibition of works by the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei to date.

Works by Lawrence Weiner (all 2007) installed in the Abbaye de Corbigny, France, in 2009

Works by Lawrence Weiner (all 2007) installed in the Abbaye de Corbigny, France, in 2009

“Lawrence Weiner is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists living today,” the foundation’s director, Michael Frahm, said in a statement.

“[Weiner’s] work is subjective, accessible and functional and he is perhaps best described as a sculptor who has redefined the artist-viewer relationship using language as his primary medium,” he added.

The initiative is the long held dream of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, brother of the 12th Duke of Marlborough, and whose family has resided at Blenheim Palace since the early 18th century.

The palace is also known as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Lawrence Weiner, “Within a Realm of Distance” will be on view at Blenheim Art Foundation, Oxfordshire, from October 10-December 21, 2015.


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