22 June - 3 November 2013
Kedleston Hall, the magnificent Derbyshire mansion, was built by Robert Adam in the 1760s for the Curzon family, "to rival Chatsworth". In the late the 19C it was the grand home of George Nathaniel Curzon, the Viceroy of India at the apex of the Raj. Occupying the whole ground floor, his collection of South Asian art illustrates a fascination for the region. In 1903 Curzon organised the Delhi Durbar, an extravagant pageant of Indian riches lasting two weeks.
"While we hold onto India, we are a first rate power. If we lose India, we will decline to a third rate power. This is the value of India." George Nathaniel Curzon, Viceroy of India, 1899-1905
At Keddleston, a group show will unfold with intriguing contemporary artworks offer exciting responses to Curzon's opulent Oriental Museum, while in the Marble Hall and State Rooms larger worksmatch the showiness of Adam's grand scheme. Artist Shezad Dawood will produce new textile works based on the house's collection and Harminder Judge will make a new large-scale artwork.
For opening times and prices visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedlestonhall