APRIL 25 TO SEP 23, 2012
Opening: on Wednesday April, 25 at 6 to 9pm.
Garden of Reason
Curated by Tessa Fitzjohn
Ham House and Garden,
Richmond Upon Thames, TW10 7RS
Artists: Alexandre da Cunha, Tom Dale, Kathleen Herbert, Graeme Miller, Harold Offeh, Simon Periton and Alan Kane, Ruth Proctor, Daphne Wright
Ham House is one of a series of grand houses and palaces along the river Thames. It was built in 1602 and given to the National Trust in 1948. This special preview of eight new commissions will take place in the 17th century formal gardens where drinks will be served. The house will be also be open to guests on the night of the private view.
The artists have used the archive of historic documents, plans and drawings that date from the 1600s and 1670s when Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart, Duchess of Lauderdale, owned the property. The commissions interpret themes such as Tulip Mania; the lost monument; democracy in ruins; arcadia revisited and the impact of early scientific discovery by Galileo and Newton.
GARDEN OPENING HOURS 11 am – 5 pm