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Hauser & Wirth opens gallery in rural Somerset

Countryside venue houses large-scale sculptures and an exhibition by Phyllida Barlow

Subodh Gupta's giant silver bucket looms large at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Most dealers these days choose London, New York or Hong Kong to launch their next outpost, but the international mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth opens another space to the public today, 15 July, in the small town of Bruton in rural Somerset. The move is perhaps not so surprising given that Hauser & Wirth already has galleries in London, New York and Zurich, and is due to open another in Los Angeles in collaboration with the curator Paul Schimmel in 2015.

The countryside venue in the south west of England also offers plenty of space, which comes at a premium in places like Mayfair and SoHo. Outside there are large-scale works including a giant silver bucket by Subodh Gupta, an oversized spider by Louise Bourgeois and a towering lampstand by Thomas Houseago. Phyllida Barlow is the subject of the inaugural exhibition, "Gig" (until 2 November), which is installed inside and outside of the various farm buildings. For example, brightly coloured pompoms hang from the rafters of the 18th-century threshing barn, while in the main gallery roughly cut timbers stand tall in cement bases. The works have all been created in response to the architecture of the venue, with many made from the materials found there.

Another site-specific work, due to be unveiled in September, is Piet Oudolf's 1.5 acre meadow containing more than 26,000 herbaceous perennials. Perhaps it's just the retreat the urban art world needs.

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18 Jul 14
16:23 CET


Ohh Gosh, an acre and a half of herbaceous perennials? They'll be putting in a flock of sheep, a herd of cattle and a milking parlour next...all strange things that one finds in the countryside! So quaint!

16 Jul 14
0:27 CET


Looks like a nice setting. Where exactly is Somerset?

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