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Explore 4 Country Estates with Megawatt Contemporary Art This Summer, Brook Mason, Architectural Digest

June 11, 2018

TunnelTeller, a work by Alicja Kwade, at the Crane Estate.

TunnelTeller, a work by Alicja Kwade, at the Crane Estate.

Photo: Courtesy of The Trustees and Peter Vanderwarker Photography

This summer, cutting-edge contemporary sculpture and art by the Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst and other major league artists can be found within grand Georgian mansions packed to the rafters with fine antiques and ancestral portraits. And some large-scale sculptures and installation art are staged right in the gardens. AD checked out three historic homes in the English countryside as well as one in Massachusetts that feature compelling exhibitions.




Stateside, head to the Ipswich, Massachusetts, 165-acre Crane Estate where industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. brought on David Adler to design his massive Stuart-style mansion dubbed the Great House, with a staggering 59 rooms filled with antiques. Directly in front of the house, Polish-born, Berlin-based Alicja Kwade’s first large-scale commission in the entire country was just unveiled. Her enticing installation is comprised of steel tubes and concrete walls, and one can even wander through her maze as an immersive creative endeavor. The estate overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with a beach just below, and if that’s not enough, there are four miles of hiking trails and roads.