Hauser & Wirth - Dropping Ln

Art Center, Art Gallery, Museum



Durslade Farm, Dropping Ln, Bruton BA10 0NL

+44 1749 814060




Based on 104 reviews.


Agregated reviews (104) Hauser & Wirth - Dropping Ln

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Unforgettable. Unmissable. Pipilotti Rist at Hauser and Wirth.

If some of the work shown by Hauser and Wirth has not been to your taste, do not be put off, for the new exhibition, on until 22nd February, contains work by the video artist Pipilotti Rist which I personally found amazing, unforgettable, moving and beautiful.

Her work is well described in the hand-out sheets, so I will not repeat what is there. Turning up to see it with a friend we feared that video art might not inspire for much of the work produced under the label “video art” can, in my limited experience, be a real turn-off, often it seems being slow-moving, boring, technically inept, clunky, and as regards content, vacuous. Not so the work of Pipliotti Rist whose complete mastery of the technicalities of her chosen medium frees her to produce something really special.

Coming into the large, darkened Rhoades Gallery you are confronted by two walls, floor to ceiling, which are alive with the projected video and an accompanying virtuoso soundtrack of resonating, plangent, banjo folk music by Heinz Rohrer. You then have the choice of sitting on a stool on the opposite side, or of flopping down on the floor upon luxuriously thick sheepskins, cushions and rugs. Do the first and you can see the whole range of the projection. Sit on the rugs (which form part of the installation) and you are immersed right into it. Do not worry about reading what it is all about before you go in, but give yourself enough time to sit through the whole streaming twice. (There is no beginning or end, the show is continuous and runs for about thirty minutes – or so it seemed).

As you stagger out stunned and inspired there is a second more peaceful experience for you to enjoy in the Bougeois Gallery where Rist has explored in a different way her reaction to the flora and landscape of Somerset, again moving and beautiful.
John Baxter

5 by Review source

Free but charitable donations readily accepted but you're under no pressure (and yes, we did!). The main draw depending on your interest is either the Piet Oudorf (and apologies if I've misspelled the lad's name) garden which is very impressive; or it's the restaurant which is equally impressive. The serving staff were all faultless and the fish was excellent value. Sadly the galleries were being rejigged so were closed so our visit didn't take as long as we expected but we enjoyed the bits we could, and did really enjoy lunch!

4 by Alistair Wragg Review source

Been fascinated to visit & yesterday popped in for lunch. Surprisingly busy for a wet Wednesday. Really couldn't fault it. Attentive, intelligent service. Delicious cheese & leek tart - 5* pastry & contents, seasoned to perfection. Gardens & setting delightfully modern yet nestling into the ancient Somerset stone buildings & adjacent cricket pitch. Art a little out of my reach but none the less, giving a good, mind-expanding experience all round. Well worth the detour!

5 by Review source

Lovely gardens, interesting sculptures and paintings, I tend to visit a couple of times a year to appreciate it. The sculptures do alter from time to time so the ones you see here may no longer be on view. There are some rooms inside the building which are used to show off paintings or other art installations, these are often supervised by an knowledgeable assistant who will tell you nearly anything you need to ask. There is an on-site restaurant known as the Roth grill which offers good food.

5 by Gerard Harris Review source

Great place for all tastes, modern art gallery built on a traditional farmhouse with interesting sculptures scattering around the typical English rolling countryside; after feeding your souls, try the excellent restaurant (need to book well in advance) or the lovely busy bar serving hot food for those who can't get a table in the restaurant. Very friendly staff, smart and attentive.

5 by Samuel Leung Review source

Not a good place to take children. There is nothing they are allowed to touch and we even got warned off the outside marble 'bench' as we approached it as they didn't want children sitting on it (adults only as it's 'so expensive'). And it's £5 for an orange juice. We found it pretentious and unfriendly...

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A world class gallery in a part of the country where world class contemporary art is not so easy to find and set in a way that makes it possibly the best way to disappear for half a day in North Somerset. Pretty posh girls on reception and friendly waiting staff.

5 by Tom Evans Review source

Had a fantastic morning here walking through the galleries and the extensive and we'll maintained gardens. This was finished off with a beautiful lunch and drinks on the patio. The bill was reasonable, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

5 by Mat Pearce Review source

Superb exhibition of Elisabeth Frink Transformation works, amazing attention to detail not to mention the jovial display of pieces by Georgio Osbourne... and just down the road in Bruton you have the fantastic church of St Mary the Virgin....

5 by Rui Correia Review source

A wonderful gallery space with amazing grounds.
There are a variety of exhibitions that showcase many artists. A lovely cafe and restaurant attached.

Cafe is on the pricey side for small portions and sizes especially the drinks

4 by Review source

What an incredible place to have in our area. Incredibly staff who go out of their way to explain things, lovely bar, stunning gardens and new exhibitions all the time. It is an absolute joy to show friends around when they visit us in Frome.

5 by Yellow River Review source

Excellent set up in very well renovated old farm buildings. Interesting, changing exhibitions featuring artists of international stature. Very good food - locally sourced. Lovely garden - fascinating at most times of the year. Lovely staff.

5 by Sarah Bailey Review source

Expensive and pretentious. Usually a large selection of bottle blonde women looking for celebrities while dancing badly to a mediocre DJ. Food is OK but steer clear of the expensive aged beef which is not very good or well cooked,

3 by steve jones Review source

Thank you, it was a very interesting and enjoyable day. The gardens and flower beds gave me an idea for my own garden. The old barns with art was very good. The hog roast was enjoyable also.
All in all a great day.

4 by william roberts Review source

There was no provision for people who wanted to watch the film being shown, we had to sit on the concrete floor! £3 for a tiny latte is extortionate, and no where to sit down to drink it as was too cold outside.

2 by Martin Roscoe Review source

A great day out from Bristol. If you want to eat in the restaurant it is best to book beforehand. Even if you don't like the art (which happens), the atmosphere and vibe are worth it.

5 by Bertel Martin Review source

What a brilliant way to spend a moment ... have a look at the great art then take in a spot of lunch and wander around the garden to walk it of ... hats of to the gardener it looked great

4 by Simon Hibbert Review source

Excellent exhibition spaces, great contemporary garden by Piet Oudolf, a must see especially in mid to late summer when it's at it's peak. Free parking. Good disabled access.

5 by Paul Barnett Review source

Incredible place with an impressive selection of exhibitions. I've never been disappointed.

Don't expect to stop by for a cheap and quick bite. It's neither.

5 by davide de giorgi Review source

Very good gallery, with a well stocked bar and delicious food attached. Really nice for a day or afternoon out. Also, see the gardens as the herbaceous borders are fantastic!

4 by Philip Stewart Review source

Gardens are beautiful, good parking, lovely ambience. Well staffed and 'challenging' art. Service outstanding in the restaurant but expensive for a tough steak.

4 by David Adams Review source

Very lovely place, great food, great service and whopping prices. Definitely a spot for the Briton arty elite. If you like that sort of thing its a real treat.

4 by Stefan Meigh Review source

Great exhibitions, beautiful large gallery and garden but the service in the outdoor café/bar was terrible and really made the experience a lot less pleasant.

4 by liv enqvist Review source

Nicely renovated early georgian model farm with Swiss pretensions and local delivery. Friendly maitre d's, excellent coffee, average juices and food.

3 by yousouf kirkwood Review source

Remote contemporary art gallery with not much going on. Average exhibitions, lack of interpretation, unwelcoming staff. Nice gallery spaces though.

2 by climb_boulder_ mountain Review source

It is a museum but it is not only a museum is an art gallery but it is not just an art gallery. An experience of great visit in a lovely setting

4 by Fabio Chiari Review source

Stimulating place - you either love or loathe the exhibitions they put on. Tranquil Pet Oudolf garden. Posh cafe serving good coffee and food.

4 by Julia Burnett Review source

Utterly wonderful. Free entry. Plenty of parking. Amazing art and a lovely garden. Then stay for the restaurant. Worth going more than once.

5 by Mr A Stewart Review source

Amazing gallery space with interesting modern shows and a beautiful garden. The food at the restaurant was amazing and worth the detour.

5 by Sarah Mason Review source

Absolutely stunningly beautiful art space. Delightful area and the garden is a definite place to visit - remember to walk barefoot.

5 by Pearl P Pienaar Review source

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