Glyndebourne unveils new partnership with White Cube

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Glyndebourne is partnering with White Cube for the opening exhibition of a new pop-up gallery space debuting at Glyndebourne Festival 2015 and containing new work by Georg Baselitz (pictured above).

White Cube is one of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world, with exhibition spaces in London, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. White Cube represents such leading artists as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anselm Kiefer and Gilbert & George.

Today’s announcement marks the start of a three year partnership which each summer will see one of White Cube’s artists exhibit new work at the annual Glyndebourne Festival. The inaugural artist is painter, sculptor, printmaker and draughtsman, Georg Baselitz. One of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, Baselitz has created a series of new paintings depicting the motif of whirling legs, an image which is a recurring theme throughout his distinguished 50 year career.

A custom-designed gallery to house the exhibition by Baselitz has been created by the award-winning London based architectural studio Carmody Groarke, also responsible for Frieze London 2011-2013. This temporary gallery will be situated in the Glyndebourne gardens to enhance the experience for Festival 2015 ticket holders, when the event opens on 21 May.

Glyndebourne’s idyllic surroundings and world-class opera productions offer rich opportunities for inspiring visual art. The Glyndebourne Festival has displayed an art collection on site for more than 50 years. In recent year’s internationally renowned artists such as Sean Henry, John Stezaker and Michael Craig-Martin have exhibited work for the enjoyment of Glyndebourne Festival audiences.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: ‘The Glyndebourne Festival has always offered more than opera – with the beautiful surroundings and gardens, it is an experience which unites music, performance, design and art, to stimulate and entertain all those who come here. This year, we are taking our visual art programme to another level and putting up, for the first time, a custom-built pop-up gallery within the grounds and are delighted to announce the start of a collaboration with White Cube.’

Jay Jopling, White Cube, said: “White Cube are delighted to be collaborating with Glyndebourne on ‘White Cube at Glyndebourne’. This is a unique opportunity to present the work of acclaimed international artists to new audiences, as part of Glyndebourne’s world renowned programme. One of the most celebrated artists of his generation, Georg Baselitz, will inaugurate the collaboration with a series of new paintings. “

Also announced today is a new partnership between Glyndebourne and Prospect Magazine. Prospect, known as the leading magazine of ideas, will host three panel events at the 2015 Festival to debate in depth some of the themes explored in the operas on stage. The events will be free to anyone with tickets to that day’s Festival performance and confirmed panellists across the series include Hilary Mantel, Fiona Shaw and Phillip Hensher.

Bronwen Maddox, Prospect Editor said: “We are delighted to be working with Glyndebourne to have put together such an interesting series of discussions to support the Festival’s dazzling summer programme”.

A third partnership with the Telegraph Media Group, established in 2014, will once again ensure that audiences around the world can access free online streamings of four of the operas in the 2015 Festival season, a key part of the opera house’s efforts to make its work available to broader audiences.

In addition to opera, visual art, and debate, 2015 Festival visitors can enjoy the famous Glyndebourne gardens, recently described as “must-see” by The English Garden magazine. This year Glyndebourne’s 20 acre gardens will feature a new addition in the form of the Mary Christie Rose Garden. The first major development of the gardens since the building of the new opera house in 1994, it honours the contribution of Lady Mary Christie to the Glyndebourne landscape.

Public booking for the 2015 Festival opens on Monday 9 March. A programme of six operas will be presented between 21 May and 30 August featuring a host of international opera stars including Michael Fabiano, Iestyn Davies and Ana Maria Martinez.

(Photograph – Georg Baselitz 2014. Photographer Peter Knaup, courtesy of White Cube.)