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Blenheim Palace to display paintings of 'broken England' by Cecily Brown

Paintings of a broken, divided, dystopian England are to go on display at one of the nation’s most magnificent stately homes, where Sir Winston Churchill was born.

Blenheim Art Foundation announced on Wednesday that Cecily Brown, a member of the YBA generation (Young British Artists) of the early 1990s, would be the next contemporary artist to present work at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Brown will make new work that explores “a nation in turmoil”, displaying them among historic paintings and objects in Blenheim’s stupendous collection that offer more idealised, bucolic reflections on national life.

Brown follows artists including Ai Weiwei, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Jenny Holzer in having a solo show at Blenheim. The last exhibition was Maurizio Cattelan who displayed a solid 18-carat gold toilet, which made headlines globally after it was stolen within three days of going on show...

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