For the past decade Chatsworth, one of Britain’s greatest stately homes, has been the thrilling setting for ‘Beyond Limits,’ Sotheby’s annual autumn exhibition of monumental outdoor sculpture. Over the years, visitors to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire have enjoyed a magical mix of history and contemporary art, delighting to wander the magnificent grounds only to encounter such works as Robert Indiana’s polychrome LOVE sculpture on the steps of the cascade fountain overlooking the palatial residence, or Gormley’s iconic life-size maquette of the Angel of the North enveloping the views over the Derwent Valley at the far end of the Canal Pond.
This year, to celebrate 10 years of Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, we invited Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, to guest curate ‘Beyond Limits.’ Marlow, a celebrated art historian and author, is well known to visitors to Sothebys.com for his many highly engaging videos with our experts, filmed at museums and art fairs throughout the world.
TIM MARLOW, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY.
Marlow’s expertise and erudition spans centuries of art, but at Chatsworth he has been able to explore one area about which he is particularly passionate. For this year’s ‘Beyond Limits,’ Marlow has organized an impressive array of British sculpture from 1950 to the present. His choices reflect the seismic shifts in British art, a journey in 30 sculptures from such totemic figures as Anthony Caro to contemporary artists like Sarah Lucas. The full list hasn’t been announced, but a selection of sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, a leading light of British Modernist sculpture, is among the highlights. Hepworth is enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight this summer, with a major exhibition drawing crowds at Tate Britain, and her pieces at Chatsworth perfectly present the artist at the height of her powers.
View highlights from this year's 'Beyond Limits' at Chatsworth
A decade of exhibitions provides a wonderful opportunity to look back at some of the extraordinary sculptures Sotheby’s has brought to Chatsworth over the past decade. [Launch Slideshow: 10 Years of Sotheby's at Chatsworth] It also gave us the chance to view anew a wonderful video interview with the Duke of Devonshire, who has taken as much delight in restoring Chatsworth’s lustre as he has in opening his home to the public.
Watch: Keeping Chatsworth Current with the 12th Duke of Devonshire
Please check back often between now and the opening on 14 September, as we post more images of the sculptures in ‘Beyond Limits’ along with videos and articles about this not-to-be-missed event.