Pitzhanger Manor

Pitzhanger Manor, also with Soane’s Kitchen (restaurant and bistro), events, shop and park. Currently showing Anish Kapoor. March 2019

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Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing, London (official photograph)

 

There is a playful air in the central gallery where Contemporary Art meets Hall of Mirrors. Like little children at the funfair we want to touch the shiny surfaces and test what is real and what is not.

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Anish Kapoor, opening exhibition, Pitzhanger Manor, London (official photograph)

Disorientated, I wonder where I am, what my relationship is to the space and the other people around me. Sparsely placed in a white box of a room, these apparently simple, shiny cubes and discs shimmer and float. They distort and shift reality so much that I question gravity itself

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Art mimics architecture

Transported through portals, doors beyond doors, the floor extends out of the window. The central tardis-shaped work beguiles and bemuses. Although my feet are firmly planted on the floor, I get the feeling that I am teetering on the edge of a cliff.

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I was not the first to want to put my head in this hole!

Looking somewhat like a front loading washing machine, we peer in. All unsuspecting we find we are spun around, divided into segmented slices, ending up all topsy turvy and stained in primary colours.

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Right side up in silver; heads down in rainbow coloured contact lenses

Leaving this rabbit hole world I explore the rest of the house. The sun shines through the amber and Derek Jarman blue stained glass, making patterns and further playing with what is real and what not.

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Unexpected doorways; spines of puce.

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Trellises on the ceiling; walls of scarlet glimpsed through mirrors

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Monasterial archways; a vestibule of make-believe marble; Classical columns, charyatids and statuary.

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Unexpected urns and hand-painted aviaries delight me and I spend a happy afternoon in this fascinating place.

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Roof scape, Pitzhanger Manor
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The Upper Drawing Room, Pitzhanger Manor

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London This was his main residence and is now a museum containing some of the furniture and artefacts from Pitzhanger – well worth visiting.

To get what the Pitzhanger Manor curators have done in collaboration with Kapoor, you should imaginatively travel to Soane’s self-built London home in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with his collection of antiquities and artworks.

The London Evening Standard newspaper

5 stars in The Telegraph

5 stars Timeout, London

4 stars The London Evening Standard

Double page spread in The Times

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery can be found in Ealing – Mattock Lane, London, W5 5EQ.