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Bring Into Being

A contemporary art show takes over the neo-Palladian villa and grounds of Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House, from the gardens

Chiswick House, from the gardens

Museums in many countries remain closed, but at least spring has sprung. This week’s Apollo Art Diary picks out four arty gardens to enjoy… 

Lord Burlington’s vast 18th-century villa at Chiswick was one of the earliest example of neo-Palladian architecture in the country. But its garden is perhaps more significant – designed by William Kent, it is considered the prototype of the English landscape garden, a style that was imitated throughout Europe. With its sloping lawns, cascades, and a small rustic folly in the form of an Ionic temple, this was a rejection of the formal French gardens of the previous century in favour of artful informality – a nod to the Arcadian visions of Claude and Poussin. From 27 May–31 October, the house and gardens will be home to ‘Bring into Being’, a show of site-specific installations by Mark Wallinger, Peter Adjaye and Jaimini Patel; the latter is presenting a durational piece that brings organic matter from the gardens into Chiswick House. Find out more from Chiswick’s website.

Preview below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here 

Jaimini Patel with Matter as the densest form of energy – energy as the lightest form of matter (2021)

Chiswick House

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