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Pitzhanger Manor celebrates fifth anniversary with acquisition of Julian Opie’s Curly Hair, 2021

As part of Ealing’s Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery fifth anniversary celebrations it has revealed it has acquired renowned artist Julian Opie’s LED sculpture, Curly Hair, 2021.

Located at the restored country home of Sir John Soane, Pitzhanger Manor reopened in 2019, Mr Opie’s Curly Hair, 2021 is located in the manor’s front garden and can be viewed for free.

The artwork was first shown at Pitzhanger in 2021 as part of Mr Opie’s solo exhibition. Curly Hair stands at over two meters tall and shows a figure moving towards Pitzhanger Manor.

Pitzhanger Manor says the acquisition was helped by Julian Opie along with support from a number of contributors including Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Art Fund, McGrath Charitable Trust, Lisson Gallery and members of the public and local community.

Clare Gough, director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery said: “We are truly delighted to be able to retain Curly Hair at Pitzhanger for the future enjoyment of all the public — an artwork with remarkable abilities to break down the traditional barriers that visitors to museums and heritage spaces can experience. Its continued presence will enrich the Ealing community and continue to inspire children and young people.”

Julian Opie said: “I’m so glad and proud that the work will stay at this fantastic museum and perfect site. He seems very happy there.”

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