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Blenheim Art Foundation was launched on the 1st October 2014 with the opening of the inaugural exhibition Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace. This marked the beginning of an entirely new initiative at Blenheim Palace, offering visitors the unique opportunity to experience the work of international contemporary artists through a series of exhibitions held within the historic setting of the Palace and its

celebrated grounds. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to challenge convention, breaking away from the “white cube” aesthetic that has become synonymous with the presentation of contemporary art. Blenheim Art Foundation seeks to show artists most relevant to our time and looks to those who question conventional thinking in contemporary art. The fundamental ambition of the Blenheim Art Foundation is to challenge, engage, and excite the visitors at Blenheim, where the programme is continually evolving. The Foundation was established by Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill; brother of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. A dedicated collector of contemporary art, Lord Edward has long-held the ambition to launch a contemporary art programme at Blenheim.

Tanti auguri di buon compleanno  🎉🥳Pictured: BAF artist Michelangelo Pistoletto photographed with his 2016 work Miraggio...
25/06/2024

Tanti auguri di buon compleanno 🎉🥳

Pictured: BAF artist Michelangelo Pistoletto photographed with his 2016 work Miraggio/Mirage: a 1990s Volkswagen Polo, painted gold and submerged in the water terrace fountains at Blenheim Palace.

Mohammed Sami’s studio paraphernalia, captured by . Only one month to go until ‘After the Storm’ opens at Blenheim Palac...
11/06/2024

Mohammed Sami’s studio paraphernalia, captured by .

Only one month to go until ‘After the Storm’ opens at Blenheim Palace. Read all about the exhibition at the link in our bio, and pre-book your visit.

11/06/2024
Long, warm summer days are the perfect time to visit Blenheim Palace ☀️ Click on the link in our bio to read about Moham...
07/06/2024

Long, warm summer days are the perfect time to visit Blenheim Palace ☀️

Click on the link in our bio to read about Mohammed Sami’s upcoming exhibition at the palace and don’t forget to pre-book your tickets! 🎟️

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To mark the 60th Venice Biennale, open now until November, we’re looking back at the past participation of our BAF artis...
23/05/2024

To mark the 60th Venice Biennale, open now until November, we’re looking back at the past participation of our BAF artists in the renowned exhibition.

In 2022, Ai Weiwei debuted his first works made of glass, shown in the dramatic setting of Venice’s Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Featuring the largest sculpture ever made in Murano glass, La Commedia Umana, Ai’s 9m-high chandelier was constructed from 2,000 pieces of black glass resembling bones, organs, bats and surveillance cameras.

Ai Weiwei, ‘La Commedia Umana’. Photo by Francesco Allegretto.

Congratulations to BAF artist Jenny Holzer on her installation Light Line, currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum, N...
21/05/2024

Congratulations to BAF artist Jenny Holzer on her installation Light Line, currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Jenny Holzer, “Installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,” 1989/2024. Text: “Truisms,” 1977–79. Photo: Filip Wolak. Courtesy of and

A glimpse of Cecily Brown seen through the palace state rooms. With its pastel tones and bucolic landscape, Calls of the...
15/05/2024

A glimpse of Cecily Brown seen through the palace state rooms.

With its pastel tones and bucolic landscape, Calls of the Hunting Horn (2019) was one of several hunt paintings that Brown made for her exhibition at Blenheim Palace in 2020.

A vegetarian and animal-lover, Brown’s hunt paintings embody a contemporary criticism, depicting the innate violence and turmoil of these scenes.

Happy International Women’s Day! 💪In her interpretation of Sir Joshua Reynolds’ The 4th Duke of Marlborough and his Fami...
08/03/2024

Happy International Women’s Day! 💪

In her interpretation of Sir Joshua Reynolds’ The 4th Duke of Marlborough and his Family (1777-78), Cecily Brown places the female subjects front and centre, deliberately obscuring the male sitters to focus attention on the young women of the family.

Pictured:
1) Cecily Brown, The Children of the Fourth Duke, shown in the Red Drawing Room at Blenheim Palace by
2) Cecily Brown, The Children of the Fourth Duke, 2019 oil on UV-curable pigment on linen, 137.2 x 129.2 cm
3) Sir Joshua Reynolds, The 4th Duke of Marlborough and his family, c.1777-78

“My work is about belated memory, or belated response to memory. The things I articulate in my artwork are memories hidd...
01/03/2024

“My work is about belated memory, or belated response to memory. The things I articulate in my artwork are memories hidden in the brain cells that are waiting for a trigger...So whenever the trigger is available, then the image comes.”
- Mohammed Sami

Opening in July, our next BAF exhibition with Mohammed Sami will feature all new work examining themes of visibility, absence and memory.

Installation view of the 58th Carnegie International, September 24, 2022 - April 2, 2023. The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.

Courtesy of the artist and Carnegie Museum of Art.
Photo: Sean Eaton

🇬🇧 From Woodstock to Stockholm 🇸🇪Congratulations to Maurizio Cattelan on his exhibition ‘The Third Hand,’ opening tomorr...
23/02/2024

🇬🇧 From Woodstock to Stockholm 🇸🇪

Congratulations to Maurizio Cattelan on his exhibition ‘The Third Hand,’ opening tomorrow at the ✨

Pictured: Maurizio Cattelan, La Nona Ora, 1999

Photo 1: My Matson/ Moderna Museet
Photo 2: Tom Lindboe/ Blenheim Art Foundation

23/02/2024
❣️ Happy Valentines Day!❣️Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Winston Churchill understood the romantic appeal of his ances...
14/02/2024

❣️ Happy Valentines Day!❣️

Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Winston Churchill understood the romantic appeal of his ancestral home. It was here, in the Temple of Diana, that he chose to propose to his future wife Clementine Hozier. 🏛️

Pictured: Sir William Chambers RA, Design for the Temple of Diana, Blenheim Palace, c. 1791. Royal Academy of Arts Collection.

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year! 🐉🐲In his 12-part work, Ai reinterprets the traditional Chinese z...
09/02/2024

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year! 🐉🐲

In his 12-part work, Ai reinterprets the traditional Chinese zodiac animal heads that once adorned the fountain-clock of Yuanmingyuan, an imperial retreat in 18th-century Beijing.

Photo: Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals, 2010, bronze with gold plating, pictured in the Saloon at Blenheim Palace.

From her watchful eyes painted over the portico, to her face depicted on a pair of sphinxes on the Lower Water Terraces,...
07/02/2024

From her watchful eyes painted over the portico, to her face depicted on a pair of sphinxes on the Lower Water Terraces, Gladys Deacon, the second wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough, seems to stand silent guard over Blenheim Palace.

Born and renowned for her beauty, Deacon’s striking appearance can still be found in these unexpected locations across the Palace grounds today.

Pictured: W. Ward Willis, Sphinx with the face of Gladys Deacon, 1930. Lower Water Terrace, Blenheim Palace.

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Looking back at some of our favourite outdoor installations over the past 10 years, and Ai Weiwei’s porcelain ‘Bubble’ o...
05/02/2024

Looking back at some of our favourite outdoor installations over the past 10 years, and Ai Weiwei’s porcelain ‘Bubble’ on the South Lawn definitely makes the list!

✨Introducing our next BAF artist, Mohammed Sami ✨Renowned for his evocative and multi-layered paintings, Sami weaves tog...
30/01/2024

✨Introducing our next BAF artist, Mohammed Sami ✨

Renowned for his evocative and multi-layered paintings, Sami weaves together belated memories shaped by his formative years, and subsequent personal history. His poignant and often haunting paintings are an exploration of memory, and its vulnerability to time.

Opening in July 2024, Sami’s exhibition will feature an entirely new body of work reflecting on themes of memory, visibility and absence.

Pictured: Refugee Camp, 2020, acrylic on linen, 169 x 197.5 cm.

English architect and designer of of Blenheim palace, Sir John Vanbrugh was born   in 1664.Intended to function as a mon...
24/01/2024

English architect and designer of of Blenheim palace, Sir John Vanbrugh was born in 1664.

Intended to function as a monument commemorating the First Duke of Marlborough’s military victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, Vanbrugh’s vision was to create a blaze of architectural glory that could rival the French court of Versailles. With this in mind, he designed Blenheim Palace with all the mass ornamentation, symbolism and drama of the Baroque.

Happy Birthday Georg Baselitz! Keeping watch over the South Lawn at Blenheim Palace, Baselitz’s Untitled (2013) is a con...
23/01/2024

Happy Birthday Georg Baselitz!

Keeping watch over the South Lawn at Blenheim Palace, Baselitz’s Untitled (2013) is a contemporary response to Antonio Canova’s sculpture The Three Graces (1814-1817). With its rough-hewn texture and linear forms, the sculpture reinvents the iconic mythological trio.

Don’t forget to visit Baselitz’s three maidens on your next visit to Blenheim!

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We are delighted to announce a major solo exhibition by Mohammed Sami at Blenheim Palace, ‘After the Storm’, taking plac...
17/01/2024

We are delighted to announce a major solo exhibition by Mohammed Sami at Blenheim Palace, ‘After the Storm’, taking place from 9 July – 20 October 2024! 💥
 
Sami’s exhibition will mark a decade of Blenheim Art Foundation’s award-winning programme of contemporary art at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
For the exhibition, Sami will develop an entirely new body of work, building on recurring themes and imagery within his practice, as well as drawing inspiration from the history and collection of Blenheim Palace.
 
Pictured: Mohammed Sami, The Grinder, 2023, Mixed media on linen, 290 x 350 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Modern Art, London and Luhring Augustine, New York. Photograph by Marcus Leith.

Blenheim Blues 🔹🔹🔹  four years ago, Blenheim turned blue with the unveiling of our Yves Klein exhibition. Featuring over...
18/07/2022

Blenheim Blues 🔹🔹🔹

four years ago, Blenheim turned blue with the unveiling of our Yves Klein exhibition.

Featuring over 50 artworks, Klein’s eponymous pigment punctuated the palace state rooms in celebration of what would have been the artist’s 90th birthday.

Installation view: Yves Klein, Relief Portrait of Arman, Relief Portrait if Claude Pascal, pictured in the Long Library at Blenheim Palace by

On what would have been his 94th birthday, today we remember the legendary ‘King of Blue,’ Yves Klein! 🟦The fifth artist...
28/04/2022

On what would have been his 94th birthday, today we remember the legendary ‘King of Blue,’ Yves Klein! 🟦

The fifth artist to be shown at Blenheim Palace, Yves Klein’s 2018 exhibition was an exuberant celebration of the revolutionary artist and his signature ultramarine hue.

Yves Klein and the « Blue Globe » (RP 7) in his atelier, 14, rue Campagne-Première, Paris, France, 1961
©️ Yves Klein Estate, ADAGP, Paris / DACS, London, 2018
©️ Photo: Harry Shunk and Janos Kender
©️ J.Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. (2014.R.20)

On what would have been his 94th birthday, today we remember the legendary ‘King of Blue,’ Yves Klein! 🟦The fifth artist...
28/04/2022

On what would have been his 94th birthday, today we remember the legendary ‘King of Blue,’ Yves Klein! 🟦

The fifth artist to be shown at Blenheim Palace, Yves Klein’s 2018 exhibition was an exuberant celebration of the revolutionary artist and his signature ultramarine hue.

Yves Klein and the « Blue Globe » (RP 7) in his atelier, 14, rue Campagne-Première, Paris, France, 1961
©️ Yves Klein Estate, ADAGP, Paris / DACS, London, 2018
©️ Photo: Harry Shunk and Janos Kender
©️ J.Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. (2014.R.20)

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Blenheim Art Foundation was launched on the 1st October 2014 with the opening of the inaugural exhibition Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace. This marked the beginning of an entirely new initiative at Blenheim Palace, offering visitors the unique opportunity to experience the work of international contemporary artists through a series of exhibitions held within the historic setting of the Palace and its celebrated grounds. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to challenge convention, breaking away from the “white cube” aesthetic that has become synonymous with the presentation of contemporary art. Blenheim Art Foundation seeks to show artists most relevant to our time and looks to those who question conventional thinking in contemporary art. The fundamental ambition of the Blenheim Art Foundation is to challenge, engage, and excite the visitors at Blenheim, where the programme is continually evolving. Since Ai Weiwei in 2014, the Foundation has presented major solo exhibitions by Lawrence Weiner in 2015, Michelangelo Pistoletto in 2016, Jenny Holzer in 2017, Yves Klein in 2018 and Maurizio Cattelan in 2019. The exhibition opening on 17 September 2020 is by acclaimed British painter Cecily Brown. The Foundation was established by Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill; brother of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. A dedicated collector of contemporary art, Lord Edward has long-held the ambition to launch a contemporary art programme at Blenheim.


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